The vagaries of politics are always legion, but the coronavirus crisis has created a multitude of political consequences throughout the world. In Stormont, apart from the row over Bobby Storey's funeral, it has had a unifying, almost benign, impact on the conduct of government here.
In the Republic it actually enhanced the position of Leo Varadkar and his caretaker Fine Gael government, which was generally seen as having done a good job in combating the virus. It could in fact be argued that the emergence of the virus thereby deprived Sinn Fein from gaining a place in the new Irish administration.
And in the USA, given the opinion polls over the past while, it is clear that President Trump's popularity has tumbled because of the spread of the coronavirus and its serious impact on the economy, in particular the frightening rise in unemployment. This has impacted harshly among blue collar workers, whom Trump relies upon for support.
His Democratic opponent, former Vice-President Joe Biden, is now regarded as having a very good chance of winning the race to the White House in November, a mere four months away.
In Israel the recent resurgence of Covid-19 has thrown the country into a spin.
Having thought that the virus had been suppressed and the lockdown generally eased, it has reoccurred and restrictions reimposed.
As a result Benjamin Netanyahu, now Prime Minister for an unprecedented fifth time, has been told by his major partner in government Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White Party that instead of proceeding with the contentious issue of the annexation of the West Bank, the government urgently needs to readdress the issue of the pandemic.
Gantz and his party also support annexation, but say it has to be coordinated with the international community.
However, he is not in favour of annexation if it jeopardises ties with neighbouring Jordan.
This has greatly annoyed Netanyahu, who is anxious to distract attention from his ongoing corruption trial with a big political win in the form of annexation. Grabbing part of the West Bank has long been the aim of the Likud Party and many others on the Israeli Right.
However, the effect of Netanyahu's proposed annexation of 30% of the West Bank, where three million Palestinians live, would mean that the occupation by Israel of the Palestinian territories would become permanent and inextricable from Israel proper.
It would so shrink and diminish the territorial integrity and institutional viability of a Palestinian state based on the remainder of the West Bank. Such a state, if ever established, would become what some commentators have mockingly termed "a Swiss cheese statelet".
A thousand European parliamentarians, including a number of British Conservatives, have signed a public letter opposing annexation.
Boris Johnson, reflecting the consensus of international opinion, has stated that such annexation would be contrary to international law.
The European Union has also expressed its opposition to the proposed unilateral move by Israel.
Eleven EU countries including Ireland have demanded that the commission quickly provide them with a list of possible actions, including sanctions and the possible formal recognition of a Palestinian State, to stop Israel carrying out its intentions.
They have described the situation as "a matter of great concern". Meanwhile, a group of 47 United Nations experts stated that annexation would be a crystallisation of an already unjust reality of two peoples living in the same space and same state, but with profoundly unequal results.
For the moment at least, due to the coronavirus, the Israeli coalition is seriously split on the issue of annexation.
It will now be difficult for Netanyahu to move forward on it without causing a major rift in the government.
In addition, there are those to the right of Likud, including settlers, who are lobbying against annexation as part of President Trump's peace plan, because the peace deal requires Israel to recognise sovereignty of the Palestinians over the remaining 70% of the Occupied Territories.
Even Trump, who unwisely supports Israeli annexation, has been taken aback by the strength of international opposition to the proposed move, and is keen to keep Jordan and the Gulf States happy.
He also faces opposition at home, with his Democratic rival Biden coming out against this unilateral move. Some Democrats, traditionally strong supporters of Israel, have proposed curtailing US military aid to the country if it moves ahead with its plans.
If Trump were to lose in November, which is now more than a mere possibility, then annexation is no longer doable.
Therefore there is an anxiety by Netanyahu to annex now. That would be a disaster for both the Israelis and the Palestinians.
As Biden has forthrightly said about the threat of annexation: "It will choke off any hope of peace."