To do that the average citizen would need to have a decent idea of the risk of Covid. And they dont. Polls show some of them think we have a 10-15% death rate from it. And then a sense of nobility has come in that I am saving lives by staying at home.sophie wrote: ↑Fri Feb 05, 2021 9:14 amYes, there really needs to be some sort of societal discussion of what is and isn't an acceptable level of risk.
Here's an idea for an acceptable level of risk: your risk of dying in a car crash, if you drive an average number of miles per day. That is a number that is not hard to calculate. If you don't hesitate to jump in a car and drive to, say, the grocery or to work, then you are implicitly ok with that level of risk. You should therefore be ok with all levels of risk equal to or lower than that. I actually made that calculation (quick and dirty though) when my work colleagues decided to hold an outdoor party for graduating students last summer, at the home of someone who lived 30 miles outside the city. Turns out our COVID risk was way less than the risk of the 30 mile drive.
That would put COVID and the flu both in the "acceptable" range for any healthy person under age 40, for sure, and likely for older ages up to somewhere around age 65 and some comorbid conditions.
Another touchstone: risk of swimming pools. Lots of people currently in a panic over COVID have those in their backyards. They also probably would not be averse to going downhill skiing.
It would be fun to make a list of these common risky behaviors, calculate the risks, and compare to COVID and other infectious diseases.
But ultimately there are a dozen things we do every day that are more dangerous than Covid. Whether it is climbing up on a ladder to change a lightbulb or eating bone-in chicken.