That's what I struggle with. We had a "successful" lockdown and had minimal cases during the March-May lockdown.Sucks wish we'd all work together so we could feel better. Montana wasted its lock down when tourist came back so hardcore.
I thought that was to "flatten the curve".
Flattening the curve doesn't necessarily reduce the area under the curve, it just spreads out the number of people who are positive/symptomatic at any one time. If you have a big spike and exceed hospital care capacity, then you do get more deaths than if you keep the symptomatic number under your available hospital capacity number.
Yes, there are some really scary symptoms (like lung damage in otherwise healthy 35 year-olds)..but they're also somewhat rare. I also know a guy who died of pneumonia at age 40 about 10 years ago. So there is a small risk even in "normal" diseases.
As I'd noted above,
So....while the tourists are a grand pain in the ass, at some point the virus is still going to have to run its course.It may never be "under control" and may simply have to run its course until our population gets "herd immunity".
And some of the hardest initially-hit states like NY are now approaching "herd immunity". Montana is still well behind that curve.
The longer this lingers, the longer we're talking about this subject.