It may not listen to rhetoric, it does seem to like places where people underestimated the ability to spread. While overall population density is an issue, it seems to be more on density in small places too. if in a crowded school in NYC area where kids and their parents take mass transit and worked in buildings with 100's of others & went to your house of worship weekly, shook hands and visited someone either in a nursing home or prison, you were exposed repeatedly everyday.
People who had the ability to dine, drink, ride mass transit and do things in tight quarters (meat packing plants even in rural places) and thought they were immune may not have gotten sick, however, they may be Co-vid Charlie's (Typhoid Mary was taken).
Today's rhetoric made it sound that by testing 25 million people we have great testing. That's less than 10% of the population and the only people likely tested are those who have complained about being ill, ballplayers, rich people, people in vital positions who work with the public such as healthcare, meat packers, healthcare. I don't know if that 25 million is tests of people, I'll guess its test. How often have the VIPs of sports, $$$, politics, healthcare been tested? I'm thinking some people are tested at least once a month based on who they know and who they see routinely.
Protesters did not socially distance. The protesters shown on TV had many but not all without masks, 60/40. 70/30 ? ???. The one held in our small town had 100's (okay 2 to 300 tops) who did not socially distance but almost all did wear masks. Given a choice of outdoors protesting or indoors listening to a concert or a speaker, I'll take outdoors any day of the week, we didn't touch any common door handles or funnel 100's through a 36" doorway. Of what I've seen on TV of the people generating most of the rhetoric, what % do you see wearing masks? It's neither ratio I mentioned & they are posing for kinds of photo ops still in groups.
I wasn't all that comfortable in a group of five on a small summit two weeks ago.