Before ordaining as a monk, 22 years ago, I worked in hospitals for many years. From my point of view I think that it is important to point out that at the time of the Buddha there was probably nothing people could do in the face of a pandemic. They just had to let go. In modern times this is not the case. So we can need to bear this in mind when we study or listen to the Teaching.
Modern science can show us a way of kindness, mettā, in the face of this crisis. And, if we have wisdom in the heart, we can take care of our bodies and those of others without any problem. We can do this out of compassion and not out of desire or attachment. We will be able to do so with a light touch and remain free.
We will need to keep the mind calm, for this we can use our accustomed meditation practice. We can chant Buddho as we wash our hands. As we take such care, we can learn from the process, deepen our wisdom. Remember, liberation does not come from meditation alone but from also seeing the realities of the body with a peaceful mind.
I offer this for your reflection