Derek Watkins, Josh Holder, James Glanz, Weiyi Cai, and Jeremy White explain “How the Virus Won” in a New York Times booklet today.
The article maintains “invisible outbreaks sprung up everywhere.” Many of them died out.
It also traces the West Coast v. East Coast strains, and there are some indications that the East Coast version has an extra spike protein (D614G mutation) that makes it more transmissible.
Some of the outbreaks were attributed to specific spring break activities, like Mardi Gras.
People in the US don’t seem to accept the self-sacrifice for the group that authoritarian societies like China demand.
Update: June 28
The New York Times followed up Sunday with a News Analysis by Sabrina Tavernise, Frances Robles, and Louis Keene: "After Asking Americans to Sacrifice in Lockdowns, Leaders Failed to Control Virus."