There are all types of regulations, none of which would ever avoid risks. There are risks for almost anything in life,
Now there's a new high risk thing.
So there's need for new regulations.
New regulations -> decision needs to be made on how many deaths are acceptible. The more deaths are considered to be ok, the less regulation is needed. As it is with everything else in life.
And unlike with banning alcohol in traffic, with the corona measures you see effect as quickly as in 2 weeks. Hundreds of thousands of lives have been saved already. And this is chrystal clear with hard proof available.
Perhaps the confinement measures are the most effective measures ever taken to save lives. Worldwide.
in fact, I can say something right that might endanger the life of others, yet I have freedom of expression that must be respected.
Is it legal to publicly say "Kill all jews!" in the USA? Or to publicly call for Jihad?
In Europe it isn't.
can we hide for 18 months to avoid 'killing' ourselves as you mention? I might just die of hunger if I were to follow your perception because I would need to go to the store and buy food, but there I can get infected or infect someone else? till where would you allow the liberties and freedoms be infringed upon yourself? You might just starve to death if you follow strictly the rules that supposedly will avoid spreading corona virus.
It's clear all over the world that confinement measures that still allow visiting stores and running in the park result in a reproduction rate between 0,8 and 0,5. 8 or 10 weeks at this reproduction rate will allow to open up most of the country. The little virus that is left will still need to be monitored VERY carefully to avoid a second outbreak.
Any other approach will result in a reproduction rate higher that 1. A scenario that'll lead to full comtamination of the population. Then you'll still need to think about measures, to decide at what speed you want the whole population contaminated.
- You could try to keep it as low as possible till vaccine arrives. The Swedish approach. Time will tell how that turns out, but with a reproduction rate of close to 2, I hope for them that it doesn't take a year for the vaccine to arrive.
- You could choose for the old life with a reproduction rate of 4 or 5. Meaning the whole population is infected in only a few months and all is mostly over and done with in perhaps 6 months. Price of that freedom is a few millions of Americans dead.
In every scenario, there is a price to pay. What is the price you want to pay?