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The handful of so-called "deaths" from this so-called "disease" show that there never was a need to wear masks and socially distance.
I have a very distant relative in Germany who is a well known virologist. She had said very similar things (and had worked with many of the scientists mentioned). Retired, she wisely went quiet. But with my limited German, I could translate “it’s just another coronavirus but not so bad!”
And the strong immune response has been shown to be in some cases at least one of the main problems.
The immune response of many people who have severe respiratory problems due to the virus is what causes those problems, as the immune system starts destroying lung tissue to kill the virus particles.
This specific virus triggers in some people a very strong autoimmune response...
One must differentiate between general herd immunity and specific individual immune reactions, which frankly don't seem that common. If many were dying of hyper-immune responses in the manner you describe, it would imply that COVID resembles the Spanish 'Flu of a century ago, and one would expect, as then, that those with the strongest immunity, young fit adults, would be prominent among the casualties, but this is not so, at all.
Well... yes and no! This pandemic is far from over and almost 150,000 killed in the U.S. so far. All the experts and pundits keep making the same mistake in discussing this virus; they speak of it as though it's over. It isn't over. We have no idea how many Americans will be killed by this before it's done. Way too early to celebrate. Check back in 18 months.
One thing almost everyone fails to understand; until this illness or any illness impacts YOU then you will continue to to think it's no big deal. If tomorrow both your parents died from it and one of your children had life long complications from it then suddenly this virus would be a big deal. But because it hasn't hit you yet you can shake it off.