Previous years is not the right metric to use. And we have one of the highest amounts of COVID-deaths/population in Europe. Earlier in the year my hope was that our strategy was better in the long term because the other countries would get hit harder both financially and virally by a second wave, and we could just ride it out because we had this approach, but now it seems like we would have been better off doing like everyone else did.
At the start of the year we had as many as 160 COVID-deaths per day. In the summer it went down significantly, some days we had none and we basically never had 10 or more deaths per day. Now, just the other day, it escalated from 6 deaths in 1 day to 60, just overnight. So it's getting much worse.
Yes, the amount of people dying compared to a normal year is insignificant, but that doesn't mean the pandemic isn't bad. If we just "ride this out" and hope it goes away it's been estimated we could see tens if not hundreds of thousands of deaths in Sweden alone, with a population of 10 million.
Also, even for the ones who survive, a lot are left with permanent health issues for the rest of their lives, especially people with pre-existing conditions like heart-related issues or diabetes for example, but also just normal people like you and me.
We're now totalling 6000 COVID-deaths. And, it's starting to show that immunity doesn't last long, only between 4-6 months. After that you can get the virus again. This means it will be much, much harder (if at all possible) to find a vaccine, and it means herd immunity is likely close to impossible to achieve. So it's not looking good.
To understand lockdowns we need to understand that lockdowns don't STOP pandemics, they slow them down to buy time to find a cure or a treatment, to save lives. How come they are stupid?