The death rate is not that much worse than other countries. I think Twat is right... there are way too many if's to take chances on destroying the economy. We were told the lockdowns were to not overwhelm the hospitals... and the supplies. they used NY and NJ as examples.
Yet.... other places and states had no problems and still do not. The if's are still unknown and ... something is fishy with NY and NJ They seem to be outliers