While every death is a tragedy and there have been many due to the Covid virus, almost 3 million Americans die in a year from all sources, based on in 2017 CDC numbers. https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/deaths.htm
However, we still do not know with certainty the actual number of Covid cases or deaths for multiple reasons: 1) Testing was not available from the start of the epidemic, 2) Statistics are based on diagnosis, which include non proven “assumed infections’, 3) Hospitals are paid tens of thousands of dollars to “up-code” (incentivizing such declarations and assumptions) by including Covid19 on as a diagnosis when possible, while influenza/pneumonia deaths are the 7th leading cause of death in the USA (roughly 56,000/year) and most drug overdoses (the most recent pre-covid “epidemic”) appear as respiratory deaths and these seem to have disappeared from the media horizon, 4) it remains unclear to what extent repeated positive tests continue to be counted as “new cases”.
Corona viruses cause 20% of common colds predominantly in the “cold and flu season” and mix in with flu infections and associated deaths, with Covid 19 possibly now compounding these deaths. Flu deaths themselves typically ranging from 30-60,000 EACH YEAR. The 3,400 average number of deaths per week from pneumonia occurred in years 2013-19. https://www.cdc.gov/flu/weekly/index.htm
The CDC does track excess deaths at https://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nvss/vsrr/covid19/excess_deaths.htm and this may be the best index of the USA’s Covid 19 dangers overall. CDC’s US data’s Covid related peak occurred during the week ending April 11,2020, which has steadily declined and recently disappeared, with a total of around 90K excess deaths to date.
Information from the United Kingdom separates these excess deaths and indicates that not all such “excess deaths” truly are Covid deaths. https://news.sky.com/story/coronavirus-uk-excess-deaths-down-to-lowest-level-since-beginning-of-pandemic-12003325
Also, “researchers say the number of excess deaths isn’t necessarily attributable directly to COVID-19, but it could include people who were too frightened to seek treatment for unrelated illnesses due to the pandemic.” https://www.healthline.com/health-news/excess-deaths-from-covid19-pandemic
The media continues to exclaim a resurgence and possible second wave of covid 19 based on “new cases” and neglects that the deaths have been typically in older, sicker baseline patients, who may have likely died in the next 10-20 weeks of other causes. While young people can go out and demonstrate, they too can go to work.
Because Corona viruses are transmitted like the flu, and this covid 19 episode has traveled much like a severe flu season. It is very possible that the “common cold” virus has now mutated and become a flu like syndrome, which will not disappear and may recur yearly like the flu. To continue treating Covid like a “one time” event, to be contained by closing down the economy and allowing media to fear monger by daily publication of total cases and death is simply untenable and we have already had Covid occurrences in 2003 (SARS) and 2012 (MERS)…..