Even before coronavirus hit, Germany, Japan and the United Kingdom were all on the cusp of recession, with many other economies experiencing significant slowdowns. Global debt had already skyrocketed, with debt to GDP rates being higher than immediately before the 2008 financial crisis. Growth in 2020 was already forecast to decline significantly. Additionally, even far before the downturn, China had specifically been theorised to be the epicentre of the next financial crisis. A 2020 recession had even been forecast by many. Coronavirus is simply the catalyst that has sped up economic downturn, rather than having caused it. The economic crash we are experiencing is inevitable.
[P1] There were many indicators of an impending economic crisis far before coronavirus became a crisis. [P2] Coronavirus has not caused global economic downturn - it has simply sped it up.
Rejecting the premises