I just came back from a two week trip to England. One observation is stunning: no one is doing any Covid-precautions. No masks, no nothing. All restrictions were lifted in the UK from Feb. 24. Even in the London tube you only see the odd person wearing a mask (probably tourists), 99% nothing. My wife and I were both wearing masks in England in all situations I would have in Europe — and were the only ones.
We had the strongest political interference into our personal rights since I was born, and this is roughly half a century. Such measures can be warranted but shout for open discussion, as fas as I am concerned. I am certainly not opposed to measures against a pandemic that are working, but the observations are starting to get really odd. Now I look at some data
(1) Germany and Austria, with strong measures, had numbers way above England and the US over the last three months, before Christmas the situation was seemingly a bit different but over the last 6 - 9 months certainly roughly the same. The principal patterns over time are pretty similar though.
(2) Now look at Florida and California: Florida, a red state, had barely any measures, California on the other hand, as woke as it gets, has/had among the strongest measures in the US, as far as I know. Both curves over the last 6 months are roughly identical.