Approached from the purely selfish 1st world economic perspective: the economic wreckage would impact every country and every demographic profile for at least a generation. We will need several years, if we beat this thing down, to determine that cost. Economically we're still in the early stage IMO. Maybe we can all go out and invent a new Crypto currency and print mint our own theoretical fortune in the meantime.I to am shaking my head at a complete misunderstanding of immunology, herd immunity and virus variants. Doing nothing was always an option. The virus is world wide, westerners,especially Americans in my opinion,need to consider the world wide response and consider what the US did previously and in the future. As data has grown,the messaging has not expanded proportionally. Is everyone at risk yes,but not equally. Race,sex,and health problems like obesity and diabetes look to be important precursors,and advanced age.
I wonder if you really,really have closed your eyes and imagined what a thinning of the herd immunity would look like in the United States, western Europe or Japan, China,ect. Historical photos of holocaust victims stacked like cord wood were hard for most to grasp without doing it on a world wide scale.
Dirt and others post about hospital capacity and staff being overwhelmed. In person interviews by the thousands,w doctors,nurses and staffers speaking often through tears about exhaustion,frustration,helplessness and failure, why are they not being listened to? Worse yet why are they considered liars and co conspirator participants? That is one facet disgusting on every level..Doctors saying this is what I need,for your survival and mind and reality show hosts telling a doctor or nurse in the trenches that they are whimps or are lying about the death,suffering and severity they are witnessing in person, and at immeasurable personal and professional costs.
We know what herd immunity looks like for ebola, AIDS, cancer, polio and other horrific things..why would anyone volunteer to re live that?
But the main point of everything, is a person's life who is at risk worth the rest of us taking actions to protect them? We see that many amongst us say absolutely not..their death and the pain of those left behind is the cost of doing business.
Listen to our doctors and nurses..believe them. Respect them.
Or the option to wait, 7-15 years for the herd to naturally thin,
700,000+ dead Americans and the ethics,the morality of intentionally not giving a f-ck is not discussed on scale.