Yeah that's nuclear level dumb
The idea behind testing is to catch it early enough that you don't pass it on to others
Really? that is the idea behind the testing? How do you know that? How does testing prevent you from passing it on?
I don't think you have actually studied immunology and instead are simply parroting what the Main Stream media has told you to say.
If I pass on a less virulent strain of a virus or if I pass on a very small viral load of a virus it will confer on you immunity. Why would we want to prevent that? If you are testing people without any symptoms, no cough, no fever, and then you quarantine them, you are preventing the least virulent from spreading immunity. That seems idiotic. Instead I would simply quarantine people with symptoms like fever and cough. This will prevent the most virulent strains from being spread.
Comparing it to the common cold is also dumb
This is another reason why I don't think you know what you are talking about. The common cold is a corona virus, just like Covid. The reason we don't have an annual shot for the common cold is because it mutates rapidly, another trait of Covid 19. These are two very good reasons why you compare it to the common cold.
The flu is transmitted by birds. That is not true of a Corona virus which is why comparing this to the flu is not a very fitting analogy. If migratory birds are going to bring a new strain of the flu each year then it could be feasible to make an effective vaccine and know when "flu season" is and what the most likely strain will be. Neither of these is true with Covid19, another reason the Flu is a bad analogy.
Covid is more similar to flu, which is why the symptoms are more severe.
I had Covid19 and it was nothing like the flu, I only had a fever for a day, I have had several cases of the flu with a terrible fever and horrible body aches. Covid was nothing like that. Again, another reason not to compare this to the flu.
Some people have reported having permanent cardiovascular damage after having had covid
Is that common to the flu?
We're trying to downplay it like it's not a real threat is the reason we're in this mess in the first place.
Fortunately it is beginning to die down now
No. 2 years ago that was a valid opinion. Today it shows you are ignoring the data. No one took Covid more seriously than China. They didn't "downplay" it. They had draconian shutdowns, lockdowns, constant testing, masks, etc. That was ineffective.
From the very beginning I pointed to Taiwan and Vietnam as the way to respond to this because they both had almost completely avoided any impact from the pandemic. Their approach is what I recommended.
1. They tested everyone who came into their country by plane.
2. There was a mandatory quarantine if you came from an infected area which at one point applied to everyone.
3. Once you were cleared you were free to move around the country without any lockdown.
4. Businesses took temperature at the door, if you had a fever you were not permitted in.
I also pointed out that the countries that had the lowest impact from the disease were often the countries with the lowest vaccination rate, developing nations in Africa.
Most of the actions "taking it seriously" in the US were either counter productive, causing more harm than good, or downright terrible without any offsetting "good". The states that had the most serious response have been the states that over several years have shown the greatest negative impact. The states that were accused of holding super spreader events and "not respecting the science" are the ones who have shown over 2-3 years the most positive response.
You know who is screaming the loudest about "respecting the science" people who failed high school biology. Idiotic, insane, hypocritical people.