The "science" regarding the efficacy of facemasks and social distancing ranges from laughable to inconclusive. More importantly, however, is the fact that 99.9% of people have no reason to avoid contracting covid-19. We know that immunity persists for several months and therefore the fastest way to defeat SARS-CoV2 isn't to wait for a vaccine but simply let at least 80% of the population become infected and thus develop immunity and thus remove new hosts from the ecosystem. That's what a vaccine will do - we can simply do it faster and more cheaply by ceasing to act as if infection equals death. The idea that hospitals will be overwhelmed was based on the notion that every patient needed ventilation. As this was actually killing most patients, the logic is flawed.