There are currently more empty beds than a typical winters day because they have been moving people, cancelling non essential operations and converting other areas of hospitals in preparation. And because it's not winter any more and we are thankfully past the peak of lots of seasonal illnesses, plus it's been a relatively mild winter. You can argue with the media and 'overhyping' all you like, but you can't argue with the actual figures from various countries around the world, and they all very closely follow the same path. The way the virus spreads is now fairly well documented and quite easy to predict. The more the public are made aware of the potential casualties the more likely they are to understand why quarantining and social distancing are so important, and one of the reasons why the government waited perhaps a little longer than they should have, because the public expect to see instant results or they all cry bullcrap and start ignoring it. Social distancing can and does work, the main problem is it takes several days, sometimes even a week to start showing symptoms and can be even longer before those symptoms become serious or life threatening. Assuming social distancing was 100% effective, you have the most people out in the wild infected the very moment before you separate everyone. That is why it's important that it lasts for at least 2-3 weeks for the virus to run its course on all those that had it at that time, as you can expect hospital demand to peak somewhere around that point. As for how are some 70+ year olds fine? Pot luck. No one has ever said everyone over 70 who gets it will die. They have said those over 70 are most likely to suffer the worst and therefore have a higher death rate. I can't remember the figures exactly, but it's suggested the overall death rate for the entire population is around 0.4%. For those over 70 it could be more like 5%, for 10-20 year olds it might only be 0.1% Those people on their hospital beds might look fine, but their body is fighting against a virus which has infected the cells lining their lungs making their immune system fight against their own body. There is no cure, there is no medication, all hospitals can do is pump in oxygen through a ventilator and hope the body manages to pull through without going into septic shock.