No. There are several differences:
If you find a 1 in 100,000 to to 1 in 10 chance of death safe, then, it is safe. Many cases (perhaps 8 out of 10) have no symptoms, 1 might end up very sick but not sick enough to go to the hsopital, and 1 end up in the hospital. This is an unusual virus because the range is unusually wide [cite]. Most folks do not think this is safe. The health care system does not like 1/1000 chances, and does not even tolorate 1/100 except when it has to. Also, we have some morbidity where there is long term damage. Many of the people who catch it call it the worst flu they have ever had [e.g., https://nationalpost.com/news/canada/what-does-it-feel-like-to-have-covid-19]. Some folks (we don't know how many) who have it, come out the other end having lost 10 to 100 pounds [https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7598735/]. Perhaps 10% of people with COVID-19 are expected to be long-haulers [UK government site].
There also appears to be a bump in death in general. That is, the normal death rate, excluding COVID-19 cases, seems to be 10-20-50% higher than normal [cite].
Yes, if you get sick, you can go to the hospital.
But, if enough people have COVID-19, they will already be in the hospital. While it appears that hospitals always have room, it is the case (see above) that hospitals can get full of COVID-19 cases. When this happens, they tend to turn away elective surgery and elective procedure patients, such as hip replacements. A hospital full of covid-19 patients also makes it harder to support appendicitis and heart patients, accident victims, and new births. The number of intensive care hospital beds in the US tends to be less than 0.1%. So, a town of 40,000 people might have 40 ICU beds. It does not take a lot of people to get sick to fill those up—if they are not already full with the patients that would normally be in an ICU—heart attack patients, automobile and motorcyle crash victims, burn victims, other infections.
Finally, we are also seeing that keep the ICUs at full capacity fatigues the people working in them.
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