There have been over 100K excess deaths in the UK since the virus emerged, this seems undeniable and there's no other likely cause for this other than from covid. The ONS counts 17K of these deaths as 'from' covid, ie: with no other underlying medical conditions. Most of these deaths occurred in the over-65s. The rest of the 83K+ deaths occurred alongside co-morbidities of varying severity. However, it's important to take into account that lack of co-morbidities, ie: good general health is a rarity in the UK population, and even moreso among the over-65s. (This is cause for concern in itself, and something that covid has shone a spotlight on.) Also that a high percentage of the co-morbidities recorded were not lethal by themselves, at least not in the short term, but an infection with covid tipped them over the edge, so a strong argument can be made for the disease being the proximate cause of death even when officially listed as 'with' rather than 'from' covid.
All of which is to affirm that the disease poses a severe threat, especially to the over-65s and those with underlying conditions that increase their risk factor.
The question remains on what this information means for the under-65s and those without co-morbidities - surely not a minority of the population, unless things have gotten much worse without my noticing. If they're not only looking at broad figures like 150K touted by the media, but are allowed to see the context of the drastically lower figures of 17K for those without co-morbidities, of which 3,774 were under-65 (I don't know how much higher the total under-65 death rate has been) - then that will effect how they perceive and respond to the disease, from the level of fear they carry around with them on a daily basis to what policies they will support and which they'll oppose.
Anyway, I appreciate the critiques and am sorry if this is a re-hash of old debates and something I should have gotten my head around already, but there it is. Hopefully I'm not the only one who has learned something.