Now entrenched in the second wave of the virus that came earlier than many expected, a general perception is growing that Covid-19 isn't quite as deadly as it once was.
Perception is one thing, but what is actually happening may well be something else.
Theories abound on why the number of deaths do not seem quite so high despite the number of positive cases detected in Northern Ireland rising sharply in the last few weeks.
Look at the official Nisra statistics and the final three weeks of April saw 116, then 114, then 115 Covid-related deaths recorded.
In the week ending October 9, there were nine deaths. That rose to 27 a week later, and 37 in the week ending October 23.
While the numbers suggest fewer people are now dying, those figures come with a word of warning.
"There are five stages in the progress of Covid infection," explained Dr Tom Black, the NI chairperson of the British Medical Association.
"First a patient presents in general practice. Then they attend a Covid centre or emergency department. Then it's on to a Covid ward, and obviously, depending on the severity of the infection, the numbers are filtering down. After that it's onto the ICU ward. Finally, we have the deaths.
"We're only at stage three. We're not yet into the cycle of deaths. It will be another two or three weeks, maybe four, before we know whether the number of deaths are really decreasing.
"It's a very worrying time and no one should yet be getting carried away with the thought that this virus is on the wane. Far from it."
There are, though, positive signs."
There is still hope it will not be as bad as the first wave, added Dr Black.
"Medical knowledge of how Covid-19 works is improving and doctors are much better at treating the more serious cases," he said.
"The drug Dexamethasone has been crucial. It's being utilised to boost the immune system in the most serious cases. With experience comes medical advancement and there are other drugs out there, not all proven of course, which are being trialled all the time."
A study at Kings College Hospital, released last week, focused on mortality in critical care units. In its conclusion, with death rates falling, the study said: "It's a silver lining in a hard time, but it's by no means an excuse to take your foot off the pedal.
"There's still a tipping point at which the mortality rate could spike - when there are far more patients than hospital beds, staff, and ventilators."
That warning is echoed by Dr Black: "Last week we had over 7,000 infections. This week it's 6,000, but look closer and you'll see over 1,000 of those were in the over-60s age group.
"We still have outbreaks at 109 care homes and the infections are now starting to leak into the older, more vulnerable age bracket, and they are not as physically fit and able to fight it.
"In the first wave the older population was very badly hit. We didn't hear of too many younger people testing positive.
"There's the possibility many of them did contract the virus, but with no symptoms displayed we can never tell for definite. More are being tested now, which would inflate the official figures, but once the number of older people contracting Covid starts to increase, as it is now starting to, that's when you worry. There's also the probability that those who were weakest and most vulnerable died during the first wave. But we must never relax our guard and think we're winning this. That's when we're most vulnerable."
Any chink in the collective armour then, and Covid still has the capacity to turn more deadly again.
"The next two weeks are likely to see an increase in deaths," said Dr Connor Bamford, virologist at Queen's University.
"But the hope is that a number of factors will keep those at a lower rate than we saw back in April. We have reacted more quickly to bring in a circuit breaker to stem the rise in infections.
"While there is always a possibility we could have deaths on a higher magnitude than earlier, signs are that the first wave will not be surpassed.
"The spread has started to slow with restrictions on schools and universities, more working from home and restrictions on eating out."
A tipping point could soon be approaching, and with that comes the possibility that death rates will rise. By how much is not known.
Last week seven hospitals revealed they were already operating beyond their capacity.
Altnagelvin, Antrim, Causeway, Belfast Mater, Royal Victoria, South West Acute and Ulster were under serious pressure.
"We must keep on doing all we can to keep the pressure off the hospitals," said Dr Black.
"We can't afford to let any sign that death rates are falling give us a false security."