----- It's not all the government's fault
I think the most common fear isn't public speaking or the fear of heights, flying, or finding a hair in your chocolate pudding. From observation, I'd say the most common fear is being accountable for your actions' consequences. Blaming the government, corporations and circumstances created by our lifestyle choices has become a national pastime. This blaming says much about our wanting to avoid the fact at any given moment, a person is the sum of their choices.
Now it seems it's our political leaders who're at fault for COVID, and it's variants. It's easier to use the government as a scapegoat instead of taking responsibility for our own actions or looking at our family, friends, colleagues, and neighbours' behaviour -- and calling them out if necessary.
This "I'm not responsible for my community, my country, or how I'm leaving the planet for future generations," or such egocentric attitude is why Doug Ford's Whac-A-Mole lockdowns continue.
At this point, there's not one person over the age of six who doesn't know what they need to do to stem the spreading of COVID-19.