Comment: Covid-19 ‘mask wars’ have deep roots in history

Alongside the zealous libertarianism underpinning the view that masks are “muzzles” on personal freedom and choice, there has been a strong religious undercurrent to resistance to wearing them in the US

30th July, 2020
Comment: Covid-19 ‘mask wars’ have deep roots in history
The Fearless Girl statue on Wall Street, complete with mask: face coverings have become symbols of the culture wars raging in the US

For the last month, the United States has been regularly breaking its daily record for newly confirmed Covid-19 cases, registering more than four million cases overall and exceeding 150,000 deaths.

Although other developed countries in Europe and Asia seem to be containing the spread, the US has gone in the opposite direction, with the pandemic spreading remorselessly to southern and western states. Arizona had as many cases as the entire EU, which has 60 times the population.

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