Discerning through the global information on coronavirus Pandemic, it turns out that what I had thought around March 10 that we should allow Herd Immunity to set in was bang on. In retrospect, Prime Minister Narenda Modi and his team made a blunder to stop people from playing Holi, which is scientifically underpinned to ward off viral infections which rise around this seasonal change.
Modi most likely took this disastrous decision to distract attention from the sinking economy but in the desperate bid to salvage his free-falling public image, he has dealt a fatal blow to the Indian economy that he alone is responsible for.
It turns out that the key characteristic of this novel coronavirus is that it has very high transmissibility but its fatality rate over the entire set of infected people, as per the reliable data in countries with high testing rates — South Korea and Germany — at less than 2% is no higher than the common cold.
It is high only in cases of comorbidity i.e. people with prior illnesses. No doubt the panic was grossly amplified by the internet, and ultimately it will kill millions of people in countries like India, not because of coronavirus itself but because of the kneejerk decision of a paralyzing lockdown, the reason why I strongly resented it and asked people who supported it to remove me from their friends' list, as I categorized them as the deluded and paranoid segment, who spread misinformation.
Testing is limited to people who are so sick that they wind up in hospital. Only infections that get counted are in the people most likely to die