That statement is exactly the problem. For sure most people will get mild symptoms or will recover, but those same people can pass it on to others who won't. You cannot just rely on the elderly (etc) to take "extra precautions", it takes everyone. And not just the elderly can die from it, either. Just because you're young and fit doesn't mean you're immune from danger. AND if the hospitals become overwhelmed by an untamed peak (as in NY now) then younger people who get severe symptoms that would respond to treatment, might well not be able to receive that treatment and die anyway.The biggest issue I have with how things are being laid out is the panic behind it. Getting this isn't a death sentence. You're not going to drop dead on contact. It's symptoms are really bad if you're a little older and don't take care of yourself or have other issues. For sure those who are at risk should take extra precautions and be logical .
There's no need to panic. We just have to realise that there are sensible precautions that everyone can take, and then we can get past this.
Following extract from: Asymptomatic Carriers Are Fueling the COVID-19 Pandemic. Here’s Why You Don’t Have to Feel Sick to Spread the Disease
As for the panic - that's just sensible fear at workThis week, the White House issued a warning for anyone who recently fled New York City: Quarantine yourself for a full 14 days or risk spreading COVID-19 to a new community — regardless of whether you’re showing symptoms.
Officials say new cases of the disease popping up in Long Island suggest fleeing New Yorkers were unknowingly spreading SARS-CoV2 — the coronavirus strain responsible for COVID-19. New York City is now at the epicenter of the outbreak in the U.S., with more than 21,000 confirmed cases as of Thursday morning. Anyone who was in the city recently could easily have been exposed without realizing it.
This is true across the world, and is part of what has made stopping the pandemic’s spread so challenging. Many COVID-19 cases are thought to be mild, and infected individuals with mild or no reported symptoms are still contagious and capable of spreading the virus. Plus, the virus has a long incubation period, with many people not showing symptoms for an average of five days after infection. Together, these two factors result in a lot of people who are infected and spreading the virus without knowing it. [...]