Judging by the criteria of what constitutes torture according to an Amnesty International report of 1975, the answer would appear to be "yes".
The 4 elements of torture:
The definition of torture adopted here is: “Torture is the systematic and deliberate infliction of acute pain in any form by one person on another, or on a third person, in order to accomplish the purpose of the former against the will of the latter”.
The coercive technique for psychological torture is to induce DDD - Dependency, Debility (Physical weakness) and Dread (Intense Fear and Anxiety).
The eight general methods used to achieve this are:
How does this apply to the handling of this virus?
The random thoughts of 99th Monkey . . . an occasional rant and other reflections in the hall of mirrors.