I obviously should have been less certain since I was proven wrong.
I still, even now, think we overreacted, but I admit this is far more serious than I had thought back in March. I’m not a denier nor do I subscribe to any conspiracy theories about how this is a strange effort to control people for some nefarious purpose. I just note that every year 55 million people die and this year about 2% more will die, most of whom are over 80. I also note that for COVID-19 to kill more than tuberculosis this year, 200,000 more people will have to die, and nobody cares at all about tuberculosis even though it is spread the same way as COVID-19.
I really don’t consider my position to be extreme at all. I obey the rules. I wear my face mask when I go outside, and I maintain social distance wherever possible. If the guard at the mall wants to take my temperature and make me use antibacterial gel on the way in, I’m cool with it. If the local bars are closed, I don’t care at all. Those types of things don’t inconvenience me. Closing the world economy and shutting down travel does inconvenience me (and millions of others) and I continue to think that’s a huge overreaction.