Prolonged because of lockdowns? What is the mechanism? Or shall I guess? We would have had herd immunity by now!
"Tribal" immunity, is a better term. Humans aren't animals, despite the claims of atheists. But you otherwise nailed it. Also, there are many ways a lockdown itself kills people, so on top of the virus killing people, you also have people dying because of the lockdown.
Sure, maybe at a cost in human lives- but who cares!
You realize that the quicker an epidemic ends, the fewer lives are lost, right?
What gives you the idea that having a quicker burn through of a virus and a sustained economy would result in more deaths than locking down the world and causing death through both the virus AND the lockdown?