Thank you for the additional data.
1. mortality rates
these vary according to age and comorbidities and indeed ethnicity. Absolute mortality rates are impossible to be accurate due to variables in testing and thresholds for positives, false positives etc.
europe mortality rates are about a month ahead of the USA.
nevertheless, I agree, death rates are extremely important.
the USA has lost nearly 130k souls. Multiply that by at least 3/4 bereaved relatives and the distress within communities.
Now include recovered cases with ongoing disability and impaired function, which adds significant burden to economic productivity loss due to incapacity.
now add the economic burden of hospitalisation of those who have recovered with illness.
now add the economic impact on the rising wave of new illnesses.
now add the stress to essential services and incapacity and illness of key workers.... who will replace them?
2. herd immunity.
erm, plenty of evidence that reinfection does occur, so once infected, this does not guarantee reinfection. herd immunity refers more to the majority ...the herd... being immune. No evidence whatsoever that we are anywhere near this.
3. international quarantine protocols.
nations with high levels of infection will have limited travel and commerce opportunities.
4. seasonal Flu double whammy in October/ November
5. mutation and more virulent strains affecting healthier populations due to ongoing reinfections.
rinse repeat.... this is Not seasonal.... this is a perennial potent virulent strain. Until vaccination next year, Covid is going nowhere soon.
This is a 100 year global event, and there appears no signs of the virulence abating. Cases in the developing world are rising.
I do hope I am wrong, and that mortality rates do indeed fall.
but, while many nations fail to contain, nor have a cogent strategy, cases will continue to rise.
I'm not sure what my future holds... But I know who holds it.