The Mask Debate: How Did We Get Here?

Jim Gudas
July 07, 2020 - 5:16 pm

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- A psychologist explains why some people refuse to wear face coverings to help slow the spread of COVID-19, and why some of those people are angry about masks.

Brad Sagarin is a professor of social and evolutionary psychology at Northern Illinois University. He said there's a general reason why some people are so opposed to wearing face coverings: Many people don't like to be told what to do.

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He says more needs to be done to persuade people to wear them, rather than ordering them to do so.

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Sagarin says another reason some people refuse to wear face coverings is that it's become a political issue, especially among supporters of President Trump.

“Mask-wearing is not a liberal or conservative thing,” he said. “It’s not a Democratic or a Republican thing. It should, ideally, be portrayed as an American thing.”

Sagarin says if the President showed more support for wearing face coverings, that would go a long way toward getting more people to wear them.