basically the takeaway is that most state measures did very little to combat the spread of the virus, but mostly because they weren't actually very restrictive and also a huge subset of the population was noncompliant anyway. big surprise
> “The pandemic would have sustained itself no matter what,” Adalja said. “This is a highly transmissible respiratory virus. It’s not something that could be eradicated or eliminated.”
this is why liberals infuriate me, this quote is objectively true, but also misleading. the point of public health measures isn't to eradicate the virus but to make its spread manageable and many nations succeeded at this. but that requires a political system that is equipped to deal with crises beyond "some rich people made less money than last year"