People wearing masks enter the Ballard Farmers Market on May 30 in Seattle. Despite being the first U.S. epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak last year, Seattle has ended up with the lowest case and death rates of any big U.S. city, save for Honolulu. Should we credit our strict adherence to public health guidelines, including masking and social distancing? (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Masked shoppers at the Ballard Farmers Market in Seattle last month. (Ken Lambert / The Seattle Times)
Danny Westneat

The verdict is in: No one pandemics like Seattle

Seattle is the most vaccinated city, but before that it was also the big city with the least COVID cases and deaths — after starting out as the epicenter. Is all that a fluke, or is there just something about us that made us born to do this?