This was the conundrum in the video I posted in the COVID thread: excess deaths each winter due to respiratory illness can vary greatly: there have been flu seasons as bad as this "COVID season" so there is an argument that if we shut down for COVID, then why isn't the case made to shut down every winter?Then you should ban people from driving cars, riding bikes and participating in a whole other raft of activities.What will be the end cost of this lockdown and business damage.Forget the cost. What is the monetary value of your life? If just one life is saved it is worth every cent.
Last year 310,000 people presented to hospitals with influenza and around 900 Australians died of influenza related illness https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-02-11/early-outbreaks-to-blame-for-worst-flu-season-on-record/11949320
So by your logic I guess Australia should move to stage 4 restrictions on a permanent basis. If just one life is worth every cent we might as well torch the economy and just all stay at home forever
COVID was new and initially fast moving, which caused initial panic, but we know more now. There is also a growing body of opinion that the countries badly hit in March-April hadn't had bad flu seasons for a few years, so they had a "ripe" and vulnerable population starting 2020.
People need to update their COVID thinking now and get out of the panic mindset. Once Stage 4 is done, we need to move quickly back to zero restrictions and not prolong the pain for no reason.
We also need a change of leadership in Victoria once this is done. I don't think Dan can bring the state long with him now.