Take a word, anagram it, add the original word to create a phrase.
I hope the answer is not too offensive during these trying times.
Bonus: Take the original word, anagram it again to describe the people's answer to it.
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I guess this is what you're getting at with "current event" and "trying times". Playing the pedant,
a virus isn't technically carnivorous as it's not eating animals, but it's certainly killing animals.
Not sure about the bonus, but I suspect that's going to be more than one word.