It's hard to separate those who died directly from Covid, the viral illness, and those who died from societies' response to the pandemic, or died with Covid. Agree that there are excess deaths, which go in waves that are similar to the # of Covid cases.
But many of these excess deaths the CDC lists as caused by something else, like dementia or heart disease, with only a few from respiratory disease. It's interesting that now they are showing deaths from respiratory illnesses are down compared to recent prior years. Maybe I am not quite understanding all their reporting.
There have been so many changes in society from the lockdown and other Covid mandates / government and media responses: fewer people seeking treatment for heart attack and stroke, for instance, though the # of these surely didn't go down; health care resource shortages and burnout, even some recently due to vaccine mandates but perhaps some due to the incentive for people not to work; ICU shortages haven't been that bad throughout the country really though maybe worse now; all kinds of increased bad things like anxiety and depression, suicide, drug ODs, etc... from the mental health aspects of the way the pandemic has been portrayed and the effects on people from social distancing, and on and on. What about the economic aspects of the lockdowns and that huge adverse effect on wellbeing?
BTW, a recent study showed that over half of all Covid "hospitalizations" reported thus far were mild cases or asymptomatic/incidental cases from being hospitalized for something else.
Gotta follow the incentives to get to the truth sometimes. Surely some would exaggerate for their own benefit, no? Media will sell any and all bad news. Governments sadly would love to have more power. Will always get more of something if the incentives are there. Hospitals check everyone on admission for Covid, even if they come in for a heart attack. They do get paid more for treating "Covid" patients.
But yeah, Covid kills, and we need treatments like LL. Doesn't mean we can't critically assess the numbers.