I had read this article from the Onion years ago and when the pandemic hit it came to mind. The reason it popped into my head was because it explains the current pandemic to a tee. Stylistically at least. It was perfect enough of a demonstration that I had to share it and maybe it will help you grasp the reality of what is happening. While the link to the article is dead, their video drives home the point even more.
And that is another way you fake a pandemic.