If a pandemic is occurring, then you probably have plenty of free time on your hands. If you'd like to use this extra time to explore your interest in music, here are the steps you can take to do this.
Use an instrument rental service
If you suspect you might enjoy playing certain instruments, but you don't know for sure, because you've never had a chance to try them out, then you should hire them from an instrument rental business rather than just buying these instruments straight off the bat.
This is an inexpensive way to test out different instruments and will provide you with more time to experiment with playing them than you would be given if you were shopping for instruments in a brick-and-mortar shop. After you are finished with this service and have returned the rental instruments, you can then purchase a new version of whichever instrument you enjoyed playing the most. Taking this approach will help you to avoid making a major financial blunder, such as buying an instrument that you later realise you don't really like playing.
When renting instruments during an outbreak, you should disinfect the ones you hire before bringing them inside or playing them, as while the rental business will clean these instruments thoroughly before sending them to customers, pathogens could still get onto these objects at some point while they're being delivered to you. Similarly, you should disinfect the instruments on the day that you are returning them, to protect those who will have to transport the instruments back to the rental company.
Look for music teachers offering online lessons
It might not be safe for you to have music lessons with a teacher in person while the outbreak is still happening. However, it might be a good idea to look for music teachers who are offering online lessons to those in pandemic-affected areas. Having lessons with a teacher while you're trying out your chosen rental instruments will allow you to quickly learn the basic techniques required to play a few notes on each of them.
This is important, as if you don't get lessons and discover that you cannot work out how to, for example, form the correct embouchure to make sounds on the clarinet and flute you've rented, you won't be able to tell which of these instruments' timbre you like the most or which of them you feel most physically comfortable playing.