The media has been breathlessly reporting spikes in COVID-19 infections for months, yet deaths have declined steadily since mid-April.
First, it was Spring Break revelers that was supposedly going to result in widespread mortality.
Then, it was states that reopened "too early."
Most recently, it has been states that attempted to return to some form of normalcy.
At every stage, dire warnings about mass death have proven untrue. Even as OSHA has admitted that masks do essentially nothing to prevent airborne disease, and social distancing has proven to be unsupported by any scientific evidence, authorities have doubled down on their commitment to these ineffective measures.
There is no doubt that the disease is spreading. Once a highly contagious airborne virus becomes widespread, there's no way to put the toothpaste back into the tube. However, since the number of infected people is increasing by orders of magnitude, while deaths continue to decline, the inescapable conclusion is that COVID-19 is far less deadly than originally thought. Moreover, since over 80% of deaths have been in patients aged 65 or over, it would make far more sense to simply protect the older, more vulnerable population, and let everyone else get back to life as usual.