I totally get the “flatten the curve” thing, so there is some logic behind what we are doing. But it is a decision that does not take into consideration the other parts of what it takes to make a vibrant society. Yep, one-issue policy. The medical profession was the only CFO at this table.
Having said that, I don’t have a solution for letting Covid-19 go its natural course. It is already overwhelming some health systems. There would have been likely panic with too many Typhoid Maries on the loose. Many people would have withdrawn from the economy anyways.
In the USA, more than half of total lifetime spending on health care is incurred in the last few month’s of a person’s life.
I had heard this circa 1990. I was living next door to a medical researcher and he kind of said the same thing, except he used “last year of a person’s life.” But it was a profound quote that is not politically correct to repeat.
Until we deal with this part of modern life, we won’t be making the right decisions.