Dr. Steven Novella on "The Toll of COVID".
He points out that the World Health Organization has attempted to find a better measure of the number of deaths from COVID by calculating the number of worldwide "excess deaths" that happened over these pandemic times at about 15 M, so adding this to the "official" count of about 5 M we are approaching a number much closer to the estimated 50 M people who died from the 1918 Spanish Flu.
While there is general thinking among epidemiologists that GENERALLY diseases become less deadly though more easily spread as time goes on, Novella stresses that this is NOT so with COVID: its omicron variants are just as deadly among unvaccinated. There is a fear that further--possibly more deadly AND more easily spread--variants may be coming, possibly coinciding with the fall of 2022 when people begin to bundle up for the approaching winter.
Novella also calls how even in the US--with about 2/3rds of its qualified population fully vaccinated and "officially" 78% at least partially vaccinated--we are suffering from a "societal failure" by not achieving a 95% vaccinated rate that we need to achieve true herd immunity.
And lest we forget: while deaths are the usual measure of the deadliness of a given disease, COVID does have those lingering effects from long Covid, especially those symptoms which can render the survivors significantly deficient in their remaining lives.