Contrary to a few commenters on Professor Bromage's posts I don't feel that his approach is in any way alarmist or unfortunate. It's empowering in a way that most of the professional articles in the main medical and scientific journals are not, at least for the average Joe like myself, or the average Joan for that matter. Professor Bromage's contributions make it possible for normal folk to think for themselves and make their own decisions about the best way they can personally contend with COVID-19 and the threat, large or small, it poses to them and their families. To believe that this information is alarmist is to assume that people are unable to think for themselves, incapable of drawing their own (correct) conclusions, and blind to their own best interests. Which of course is nonsense in this day and age.
On further analysis, one might conclude that these naysayers not only do not trust their fellow citizens to make reasoned, sensible decisions about their and their families' health and lives, but actually want everyone to live dangerously, without being informed, and blindly to run serious risks in the interest of the economy. There is no question at all that the health of the economy is a hugely important matter with which everyone must be concerned, but it's a bit too early to conclude that people cannot be entrusted with adequate, serious, truly informative facts such as Professor Bromage supplies without endangering the economy further. We do not know how this situation will play out, and we certainly shall see what happens, but I strongly believe that the only correct course firmly requires that normal people, non-scientists who are not in government or in medicine, be empowered to make their own intelligent decisions based on serious, adequate, well-framed information.
To do otherwise, to keep most Americans in a fog of difficult professional jargon - of which there's a massive amount these days - is to assume that there's more than one class of citizen and that most of us in the impliedly lesser ranks have to be told what to do because we're unable to think for ourselves without sacrificing national interests like the economy. Sorry. That won't wash. Full and adequate information, such as Professor Bromage supplies. All people making their own informed decisions, including about the economy. Would anyone really want it otherwise?