In virus times, have Americans found a shared experience?

FILE - In this March 25, 2020, file photo, a person looks at a phone as the sun sets, in Kansas City, Mo. The city along with neighboring counties is under Stay at Home orders to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

As an uneasy March unspooled, as coronavirus dread descended upon the United States, it became commonplace — and, for public figures, quite practical — to point out how, unlike most major events in the 21st century, this was an unusually communal moment.