Quoted from Djshakes:
My point is we have a finite amount of resources and an abundance of problems in the world to solve. We have to approach this from an economic perspective because our economic utility is limited. How do we get the most bang for our buck to minimize deaths and minimize other horrible outcomes if all resources are concentrated on Covid? There will be no perfect answer. People will die. The economy will suffer. Lives will be upended. We live in an imperfect world unfortunately. I'll tell you this, we are most likely past the point of returning back to normal asap. That's definitely a false choice, as is civilization completely falling.
I'll humor you. If I had to answer your question I would say yes, let this run it's course to prevent all of civilization from falling (your words, not mine).
I'm not sure if you are just trying to argue for the sake of arguing at this point or I struck a nerve. Perhaps you fall into the high risk category and this is unpleasant? If so I apologize and I hope you stay safe.
I'm not orchestrating the narrative. I'm simply pointing out that these are questions we are going to be forced to ask ourselves.
You aren't hurting my feelings, just trying to figure out what you actually meant and I have a lot of time on my hands, lol. Think I have it now - "just let it run it's course, because of limited resources and unlimited problems" Correct me if I am off-base.
It seems to me to be a harsh and unrealistic view of how to solve this issue, maybe with unintended consequences. Take the first 2 columns of the chart - % of cases requiring hospitalization/critical care. It really starts to jump at age bracket 30 and 40. It may not kill those people very often, but it can put quite a few in the hospital. That hospital trip is presumably to save their life.
But, if the hospital system is overwhelmed - it's the hallway or home for people in all the brackets who get there late - regardless of need - Covid, car wreck, gunshot wound, heart attack, industrial accident, whatever. All the models show our system overwhelmed if we do not flatten the curve for Covid. Everyone needs the hospital system - regardless of age or illness. We are in this together whether we like it or not. IMO only, there really isn't a 'tough choices' scenario where it only affects the older/more vulnerable population if the hospitals are swamped from a 'let'r rip' strategy.
Regeneron is working on a coronavirus Antibody shot that will give a healthy person passive immunity for 30 days at a time. It will likely be given to healthcare workers first. It won't be ready until late summer. And guess what the average age of doctors is in the US? 51 years old. 29% of them are between 55 and 65. It's going to be hell on them, other healthcare professionals, and everyone of us unless we give them some breathing room by slowing this down.