Sept. 16, 2020

The many faces of face masks

Cara MacInnis, a social psychologist in our Department of Psychology, answers questions about people’s attitudes towards wearing masks and why it's such a divisive issue


As the COVID-19 pandemic carries on, wearing a mask continues to be a hot-button issue, especially in areas where it's mandatory. For some people, the issue of wearing masks has become politicized to the point that it's a symbol of their identity and political leanings.

While we know that wearing a mask helps slow down the spread of the coronavirus, and some people are wearing them willingly, others are fiercely resistant.

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