I grew up in the 80s, when I was a teenager in the 90s, we were afraid of AIDS and the Ozone hole, when I graduated from high School in 1999, there was already a job crisis, with lots of unemployment in France. Then I got fired from my job in 2009, after the sub-prime economic crisis. Now we have Covid-19.
There will always be reasons to be afraid of the future, we won’t see any optimism like there was in the 50s, 60s and 70s ever again, or at least not in our lifetime. Young people were already desperate way before Corona.