Im with you. I’d rather not, so let’s just play both sides like the pros we are
On topic, I think we are now at the stage where getting vaccinated is the most crucial thing of all.
Once that happens, your risk from becoming extremely unwell with Covid, and your risk of passing Covid on reduces exponentially.
In theory, you don’t have to bother with masks, you can visit whoever.
This applies to everyone. But there is such a disparity between who has access to these vaccines, it’s sad.
The key is to get vaccines in as many arms as possible in the world.
If a population isn’t vaccinated then they will have to go with the lockdowns and restrictions etc.
I can guarantee you @Kroenkeoutplease the hospitalisations your friend talks about - are 2 groups of people:
Those with no symptoms whatsoever, who test positive on admission to hospital over an entirely different thing. (Everyone gets a test on admission). They remain well from this PoV, finish their 2 weeks isolation and go home depending on their other thing.
Some also finish their isolation at home if they get better in time.
Young people without a vaccine who will be unwell, and sadly may die.
Group 1 is in the majority imo. And group 2 will get smaller and smaller as we get those jabs in arms.
GET YOUR JABS PEOPLE. You can sign up and register on the gov website at least here in Scotland, so please do it.