One of the first books I turned to at the beginning of all this was 'The Black Death' by Philip Ziegler and I was fascinated by the comparisons - it reads like a script/playbook for what is/was unfolding. A mysterious 'pestilence' that started in Cathay/China and steadily made it's way westwards into Europe ravaging Italy first (!) via incoming ships. Flagellation sects started in German lands to counteract contracting the plague and to atone for 'sins' - here substitute the wearing of masks. The Jews were targeted as 'super spreaders' - the yellow star and exemption badge/lanyard springs to mind. I could go and on...Same old, same old.
Closing quote from Chaper 2 - The State of Europe:
'The Black Death descended on a people who were drilled by their theological and their scientific training into a reaction of apathy and fatalistic resignation. Nothing could have provided more promising material on which a plague might feed'.