when you say 'non-dangerous', if you mean non-fatal
No I mean a very large majority of cases have been asympomatic or very mild symptoms... (a cold that lasts a bit longer than usual). Strained hospitals have only occurred in a few atypical settings.
In the case of northern Italy this suggests that the hospital problems were less a result of the virus itself and more the result of a panic spiral as (which meant more vulnerable people were ending up in the hospital with fewer and fewer staff to take care of them (and this was before effective treatment protocols were really worked out).
Yes, it's anecdotal but believable (and does no contradict other information I've gleaned from the Italian situation).
medical staff who contracted the virus had a mortality rate about the same as the flu...
Ireland - almost every community, somebody personally knows someone or knows of somebody... who has had the virus or died of the virus
There has been no excess mortality in Ireland due to coronavirus (see all the way down at the very bottom) not the freshest dates but still valid AFAIK.
We should never forget that we are talking about our fellow human beings
Two years ago the spouse of a close colleague died of regular old flu complications, their condition went from manageable to urgent within an hour or so and by the time the ambulance got them to the hospital it was too late for them to be saved.... so yes, I know these things happen and they're terrible
Nonetheless, I've yet to see real scientific evidence that this is such a grave threat. I think that China's handling of it (marked by paranoia and cover ups) freaked everyone out but all the raw data shows it's just not that dangerous and once you take away the political and media hysteria the mortality rate has been about the same as a bad flu season. Serious, yes. And I'm not criticizing the original lock down decisions (which seemed prudent at the time and maybe helped keep things manageable in some places).
But any time you enact a lockdown you need an exit strategy that doesn't involve a 'cure' or complete elimination of mortality (in the US one idiot governor wants to continue the lockdown until no one dies.... of anything). Too many governments now are stuck in a policy that's devastating for the economy but they don't know how to get out of it... not a good situation.