- Jan 23, 2018
You're referring to reducing the impact on hospitals, and that is what the vaccine should be used for, and given to those in risk groups such as the elderly, those with comorbidities and compromised immune systems, these are the persons most likely to end up in hospital. My point is vaccines aren't the solution to end the pandemic but it can be used as a tool to reduce severity of illness in risk groups and reduce the impact on hospitals.
And why did it spread during lockdown? Because we didn't do mandatory testing, we didn't detect those who were infected because many people can be asymptomatic. If people want to work, then they need to have a negative test, if they are positive then they must isolate until recovered. That's how we slow down the transmission.
Your solution makes no sense, you're saying make the virus more widespread so everyone gains immunity, why not do the opposite, detect who is infected, slow down the transmission and eventually contain the virus so it becomes endemic to certain regions and eventually dies out, exactly how they controlled other virus outbreaks like Ebola.
Comparing Ebola to COVID-19 isn't comparing apples to apples, Ebola has a case fatality rate from 25% up to 90% in some cases while COVID-19 is barely 2% at the moment. As much as people hate to hear it, the SARS-CoV-2 virus is very much like the influenza virus, and neither will die out for many, many, many, many years to come. So it is best we learn to live with it, manage it's risks and end this nonsense of locking otherwise perfectly healthy people away and potentially destroying livelihoods.