...and if enough of us don't comprehend the reasons they were, we'll just be in for more of the same.
Very true. Billions of human minds attempting to find best solutions for to obtain and keep health or any other value will always make more in-depth and finely tuned to local conditions decisions. They will also innovate better solutions to any problem/challenge. COVID would have killed (even if you believe the inflated death numbers) 80% less if governments had not dictated there was no effective outpatient early treatment or no treatment once in the hospital but very expensive and toxic remsivir.