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This isn't about death rates now: it's about what happens when the number of cases that need serious medical intervention exceeds the medical facilities available.

When that happens, the situation is radically out of control, and the death rate doesn't rise - it skyrockets. Flue is a relatively innocuous disease: it kills 0.01% of people it infects. This, the number suggest kills 3.5% - probably more once it starts to run away with itself.

For Britain, the population is 60M, so 3% is 2.4M. If 2.4M people needed serious medical intervention at the same time, there isn't a country in the world that could provide it, and most if not all (or more!) would not survive.

This is about reducing the number of serious cases to manageable levels, while ramping up medical resources as much as possible and keeping them manageable to prevent the infection rate going ballistic.

If car accidents were infectious, your analogy would work...
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