The Culture of Mask Wearing

Stepping outside of your house in America nowadays means seeing most people wear facemasks, and a select few not wearing them. In Hong Kong, Seoul, and Tokyo, society mandates the necessity of keeping other people safe. It's frowned upon not to wear a mask, even before the coronavirus spread. 

In the past few months, many European nations have issued advisories regarding the wearing of masks in public spaces. England and several other European countries also banned the indoor gathering of individuals in all settings, especially in businesses, homes, public transport, and workplaces. 

Many U.S. states and cities have adopted similar rules, but are far less stringent than many of the other places on Earth that are handling COVID-19 much better than they are. 

For some reason, mask-wearing has become politicized in America, and misinformation is being spread at an alarming rate, even now more than six months into the coronavirus lockdown. 

If anyone reading this is in doubt about the effectiveness of mask-wearing in public places, it's important to look at the rest of the world and their responses to the coronavirus outbreak. 

Take South Korea as an example. Mask-wearing was already part of the culture there, the people in South Korea trust the science behind mask-wearing because there are hundreds of years of evidence that wearing a mask prevents the spread of disease. 

Because of that, the entirety of South Korea had only 14,800 cases and less than 305 deaths.

Same with places like Hong Kong and Tokyo. When mask-wearing becomes part of the culture of the area, people tend to wear them on the impulse of consideration for others. It's extremely important for Americans to tackle this politicization and handle the coronavirus pandemic themselves because the government is doing virtually nothing to assist those who need to be assisted. 

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