Yes. I’m in the US. And please allow me to clarify. I should’ve said “rarely lethal to the otherwise healthy.” For example, 98% of Arizona’s 300 deaths have occurred among those 65+ and/or with at least one comorbid condition.
And the 60K death stat is dubious now that states have begun adding unconfirmed cases.
NY was indeed busy, but not overwhelmed. The USNS Comfort departed today having treated 182 people (consecutively, not concurrently) with its 1000 bed capacity. “Overwhelmed” would mean an inability to effectively treat or transfer and those things didn't happen.
The majority of the country is not overwhelmed and never were. NYC is an extreme outlier and to extrapolate that network to justify nationwide lockdowns is intellectually dishonest. There are far more states like AZ.
It’s possible that “they” know more than we know. That’s the benefit of the doubt I gave them in the beginning. And yet they were tragically wrong. They relied on outdated models and pushed narratives that benefitted their own political positioning and, if you’ll forgive the metaphor, treated the cancer with an axe, not a scalpel.
And in doing so, our leaders have lost the faith of a lot of Americans, myself included.
Regardless, parsing the specifics isn’t helpful. What would be helpful is at least pretending like we are complex creatures capable of creative problem-solving and using what we have learned to inform policy decisions.
Unfortunately, that isn’t happening.