I got sick of banging my head against this wall back in April, so I will keep it brief. Anyone who thinks COVID is just the flu is very clearly speaking from a lack of first-hand experience. I've personally taken care of more than 40 people who have died from COVID, and countless more whose lives will never be the same after surviving it. Today alone I picked up four new patients with serious cases, at least one of which is certainly going to die. I also worked during the H1N1 pandemic a decade ago, the volume of severe cases isn't remotely on the same level (just as the death toll is 200,000 higher in the US still much less than a full year with COVID). As far as the group that plays the "well the people who are dying are just old or really sick to begin with" card, I myself have had three patients die under the age of 33, two of whom were overweight and had no preexisting condition outside of high blood pressure, and a 28 year old with no previous health history who 6 weeks after first contracting the disease was still unable to be taken off of the ventilator and unable to follow simple commands due to the neurological complications. I also took care of three co-workers who died from it.
At this point I don't hold much hope for anything resembling 'normal' in 2021 either, as even with a successful vaccine the simple fact is that far too many people will refuse to get it for it to be nearly effective enough to prevent outbreaks with any type of large gathering (face it, we can't even get people to agree to wear a simple mask around others, good luck with getting them to take a vaccine). As for the "it will go away after the election" talk...are people honestly so incredibly stupid and full of this belief that the entire world revolves around the US that they think that every other country on the planet has taken measures that are unpopular and damaging to their economies all to conspire together to fake the whole thing solely for the chance that it might alter the US Presidential election? Because I hate to break it to these people, but most of the world gives zero f*cks about Donald Trump or the US election.