This perspective needs to go to more places. I have recently written a piece about how we, whether we like it or not, have put a $$$$ value on a human life.
The only flaw with your story is that you have failed to address the fear that hospitals will be overwhelmed with this virus, whereas they can handle a regular flu season. This fear is turning out to be true as doctors and nurses are dying.
I’m not seeing an immediate solution to Covid-19. I hope that governments become more proactive after this disaster to set up protocols. Other pandemics are likely. As I put on my “thinking cap”, I think we need to resurrect the sanitarium concept where the worst causes are housed and treated in a separate hospital, maybe a temporary and somewhat mobile facility. But I have my doubts something like that will happen.
I like your reference to the tobacco industry. I have written an article on that.