From the source paper and commented on my Briggs at the above link. Sort of says it all.
It’s true many thought the doom was the only, or largest by far, cause of death, and that all others were too small to mention. That’s just ignorance, of the kind the media excels at.
It’s also true many thought the doom was going to kill everybody unless “something” was done. It was enough for most that lockdowns, the purposeful jamming together the sick and healthy to more efficiently spread disease, and mask mandates were issued. The government was doing “something”, and “something” was all that was needed in people’s minds.