The part that pisses people off is that I (and many others) feel we need to put a price on human life.
I also think we need to calculate how many life-years are lost. The average age of a cancer death is about 60 from what I can gather. The average age of a COVID death is 82. These are not equal. The 60 year old has perhaps 30 years left to live. The 82 year old has perhaps 8. A life saved from cancer is worth at least 4 times more than the life saved from COVID.
Beyond this, quality of life declines. The 82 year old is just eating, sleeping and waiting to die. The 60 year old might still have some useful years left. Prolonging a 60 year old’s life to 65 could well be worth something to society. Prolonging the 82 year old’s life to 87 really isn’t worth anything to society (although it’s obviously worth something to the 82 year old).
I think we also need to do a serious calculation of how much life quality is lost by our preventative measures and stage our measures accordingly. Tell someone to wear a mask and leave a bit of space and their life is pretty much unaffected. Tell someone to close their business and go bankrupt and lose their home and their life is significantly more affected. Those people tend to be in their 30s and 40s, too.
I am honestly not sure if it’s better to save an 82 year old’s life rather than to save a 30 year old’s house and job. I’m not sure it’s not better, either. I just think we should have that social conversation. And yes, that pisses many people off.