I've known dozens of people over 55 get the virus. Some show nothing but a positive test, some get a few sniffles, some get a case of the flu, one had an intestinal infection and went to the hospital.
The "over 80s" that have gotten it have usually recovered at home, some went to the hospital as a precaution. One was on oxygen ALREADY from smoking-induced emphysema, but recovered from COVID anyhow.
My son and his wife have had it, two of my grandchildren, my sister. Fay and I MIGHT have had it but have never been tested.
Never heard of anyone being put into an "induced coma" from COVID, not even the few that went to the hospital. Maybe (to say no more) it's an NHS thing?
I've never worn a mask. Most people in the stores and restaurants I go to don't wear a mask. NO ONE at our local Republican committee meetings, at our SCV meetings, or at our militia musters wears a mask. No one at any of the First Aid, Bleed Control, or CPR classes I've attended lately wears a mask, no matter how many people are in the room.
Nobody at our family gatherings (grandchildren starting age of 5, great-grandparents up to age 89) wears a mask. Some have had COVID, some have not. No one in our family or in our community groups is scared of it.
We had 600 people at church for our Christmas Eve service, and no one was wearing a mask (and there's been no COVID outbreak as a result, and that was 6 weeks ago).
It's always going to be in the air. COVID, or whatever they cook up next to try to disrupt our lives, is ALWAYS going to be around.
We have to learn to live with it.
Anyhow, I suppose folks have to do whatever they need to do to take care of their health. I'm not telling anyone NOT to wear a mask, or a defibrillator, or a pacemaker, or a hearing aid, or not to take insulin, or whatever it is they need to protect their health, as long as they extend to me the same courtesy ....
So that's another take on the issue. I'm sure that Dennis will be appalled, but, you know .....