"Well...the government requires us to wear seat belts! "
If you've heard (or used) this argument about government intervention in your life, would you let me tell you for a minute how I think this is different?
Origin of Risk
The risk of dying in a car crash comes from voluntarily engaging in a dangerous, privileged behavior: driving.
The risk from the virus comes from simply enjoying life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness, as do many other risks.
Any time governments in history have attempted to regulate the risks involved in merely living, it has been abused. In fact, many times it is just an excuse for expansion of government.
If you are willing to let them try to do that for you, where will you draw the line? Should they be allowed to inspect your pantry for unhealthy foods? Should they be allowed to monitor the shows you watch that lead to unhealthy thought processes? Should they be allowed to do random searches of your house and cars for drugs (a serious epidemic with wide-ranging consequences)? Should they be allowed to shut down all restaurants that serve fatty foods and sugary drinks?
Foundations of Liberty
To take away God given rights, the government has always had to show reasonable suspicion or probable cause that the activity you are engaging in is likely to infringe unnecessarily on someone else's freedom where that person can't avoid your exercise of freedom. They can't do that with this virus. People who are impacted by this virus can easily resolve the issue by wearing a mask that protects them, following basic health protocols, and limiting their interaction with others, if that is what God is telling them to do.
I hate to break the news to you. But, if you research it, you will find that seat belt laws aren't about saving your life. They are about how much you cost the government to shut down the highway, investigate your fatal crash, no longer produce as part of its GDP, defend lawsuits, and pay for your medical care after you die and leave a family with hundreds of thousands of bills that the hospitals write-off1.
The role of our government is to establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and to secure the blessings of liberty for us and future generations. Unnecessary and unequally enforced mask laws and lock downs, stirring people to general unrest, forcing one piece of a healthcare pie while ignoring other health effects, and trampling individual liberty do not belong to this government. If our current government continues on this path, eventually the people will say they've had enough and establish a new government.
Finally, when it is your time to die, it is your time to die
Statistically people have a 1 in 103 chance of dying in a car crash. Which means, for you, it is not under 1%. It means that you have a 50/50 chance of dying while in a car. How do you know that you aren't the 1? You don't. You will either die in a car crash or you won't. I've seen people die at 15 mph. I've seen people live at 100+mph.
44% of people who died in a car crash in Idaho last year were wearing a seat belt!1
You can do everything right against the virus and still die from the virus. You can be walking down the road and slip and fall. You could have a massive heart attack tomorrow. A blood clot could break loose and go straight to your brain right now.
Either our lives are part of a plan, in which case, we can't die too soon or too late if we are obedient to the Plan Maker. Or, our lives don't matter to a plan, in which case, why should death have any relevance to us at all?
7,500 people die an hour. You may be next. If it is your time, a seatbelt, a mask, nor bubble-wrap will keep that from happening.
Please, quit arguing that the government is here to save lives or that is somehow their responsibility. If you believe this, you've created a government that is bigger than God and bigger than personal choice and freedom. Both of these are dangerous.
Obedience to God is the only metric that will dictate the length of your life for which His perfect plan calls.