100% with you. Totally summed up my own feelings. In the US, health authorities have consistently ignored solid medical evidence from abroad until it is directly replicated here.
Instead of assuming the worst, bracing for it, and being honest with people that you *hope* it won't be as bad as you're projecting - pretty much what you do with hurricanes and other severe storms - they kept massaging the messaging.
But people, even ones who seem dumb and obstinate, can sense it. They get a little cognitive dissonance, and react by clinging to whatever truth they like the best.
So yeah - as with everything else in the country, expect the collapse phase to continue for some time. Winter is here. Protect your family, protect your neighbors as best as you can.