@drron for PM!!Australia has lived with 1000 flu deaths a year for quite some time.Mostly these are older folk with comorbidities but occasionally a variant that also strikes the young such as in 2009 and 2017.At times we have had some aged care facilities locked down usually for a short time.
Now in the current Sydney outbreak the mortality rate is ~ 0.4%.This means there would be 250000 cases to get 1000 deaths.
The difference to the flu is that there will be more hospitalised and more ICU usage.However as vaccinations rise the mortality rate and ICU rates of admission should drop further.
And as a positive it is likely flu deaths will be lower than average as Covid does cause deaths in the same demographic.
And just to point out to the WA CHO as WA's population is ~2.8 million then WA can expect 27,500 cases per year and 110 deaths.
So if Australia has accepted 1000 flu deaths a year why are we hyperventilating and adversely affecting our economy,our mental health and isolating ourselves from the rest of the world.Why won't we be able to accept 1000 covid deaths per year.