we got too smart with COVID. By locking down, etc. we delayed the inevitable. He also was quick to add that while we could have had two waves instead of 4 (or however many we're going to have), if we had done less more people probably would have died.
Tough call though because less intervention = more deaths, more intervention = dragging out the crisis.
Right now, we have the highest infection rates. Last year at these type of infection rates a lot of states shut down to "save lives". For example, my state shut down, but lost more lives than any state around us that didn't lock down. Pennsylvania is the outlier in they locked down and barely have less death/capita.
Yes the mandates made the problem worse. Imagine you are a nurse working long hard hours taking care of Covid patients for over a year. You put your own health at risk every day. Somewhere in the process you actually get Covid, recover , and go back to work again working long hours. Then along comes a mandate that says you’re taking the shot or you are fired. You say “I’ve already had Covid “. They say “ screw your natural immunity, take the shot”. You say “screw it I quit “