the garbage that they serve up in schools?
Actually in the PRL (and well into the early to mid 1990s) institutional food in Poland was surprisingly good for the simple reason that there was very little to no processed crap.
AFAICT institutions had priority in distribution (since institutional meals were meant to ameliorate the difficulty of buying food in stores) and it was mostly farm to institutional kitchen to the diner... It tended toward the simple and repetitive but was far healthier than the more varied diet people have now...
That's over now.
So you see Maf, that R0 number is a good indicator of how much of a strain the health service is likely to be under.
Only in a vacuum if you don't take the fatality rate (by sub-population) into consideration.
Being very concerned about the R0 number made a lot of sense in March and into April but if we've learned anything it's that the virus is very little danger to most people (while being very dangerous to a small sub-set of the population).
Here's an interesting link: alexberenson.com/the-first-1000-words-of-chapter-1-of-unreported-truths-about-covid-19-and-lockdowns-the-booklet-amazon-has-censored/
quote: "randomized antibody tests from all over the world have repeatedly shown many more people have been infected with coronavirus than is revealed by tests for active infection. Many people who are infected with SARS-COV-2 don't even know it"
In this kind of case the R0 is more a curiosity than something you want to actively base health policy on....