Which states best handled the pandemic? There’s no clear answer.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) this week lifted his statewide mask mandate and allowed businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity, shocking public health officials worried the coronavirus variants circulating around the country could still lead to one final, deadly surge before the vaccination effort ends this crisis once and for all. President Biden assailed the move as “Neanderthal thinking,” while conservatives cheered what they regard as a long-overdue step toward normalcy. But what if none of them are quite right?

Throughout the pandemic, one constant has been the gleeful finger-pointing on the left and right. I’ve done it, and so has almost anyone who has written publicly about this crisis.



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