Hi, Cindy.. we don't have to agree about everything to be friends, and I appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts!
I think what this comes down to is that you're seeing it as a purely scientific question, and I see it as something different. I'm not overly focused on what the legacy media, government officials and public health authorities present as "the science" because I honestly don't believe that they have our interests in mind to begin with. They have every incentive to lie, and I think it's exactly what they've been doing from the beginning (you know, "lies, damn lies and statistics" and all that).
None of this makes sense viewed through the lens of "public health," so I don't believe that's the lens we need to be looking through to make sense of the picture. Change the lens to "greed, power, control" and, for me, it starts to make more sense.
I'll check out the podcasts you mention. Thanks for the recommendations. To get an idea of where I'm coming from, you could check out Mathew Crawford's Rounding the Earth substack, Chris Martenson on Peak Prosperity, Dr. Robert Malone, Bret Weinstein/Heather Heying on Darkhorse, Mattias Desmet re mass formation, RFK Jr.'s new book on Covid, Alex Berenson's new book Pandemia (both these books in the Amazon top 10 this week and 3 bucks on Kindle). Oh, man, I'll stop there!! :D
If my arguments are flimsy, I guess so be it. They're certainly based on rock-solid evidence that those running the Covid show don't give a damn about us, and that's a good enough reason for me to be highly skeptical of whatever they're selling (or mandating, as the case may be)!