Economic Collapse because of COVID or COVID used to cover up causes?

I have been expecting the collapse since the early 90s since reading the “The Coming Economic Earthquake” by Larry Burkett. Since the new millennium I have antipated each president would be the last. It’s been in the cards for some time, I also expected a global military conflagration to coverup the causes for our economic woes.

Might this be the cover up rather than the cause