I’m thinking back to seatbelts. There was resistance. I didn’t wear mine all the time at first. Now I buckle it as soon as I’m in the car. Hell, I wear it in my driveway and when I’m going through the car wash.
A national mandate to wear masks ain’t gonna fly IMHO. (Joe pretty much said that the other day. No cite.) There’s no efficient way to enforce it and plenty of people are just contrary enough NOT to do it just 'cause the gummint says I hafta. Cf. creeping socialism.
Is there a way to make mask-wearing the cool, trendy, hip, “in” thing to do?
Endorsements by people’s role models and idols? Tough, macho, gun-toting, musclebound, hairy, tattooed guys wearing them while holding up the body of some bullet-ridden animal? I’m saying this because I’m hypothesizing that this is the most resistant group.
Celebrity promotion? Top Hollywood stars and musical performers? Priests and pastors promoting masks? “WWJD? He’d wear a mask!” The Pope could offer plenary indulgences out the wazoo for mask wearing. Prizes, contests, tax benefits???
I’m wracking my brains here.
Until there’s a vaccine that most people will take (another obstacle ) near-universal mask-wearing is the only thing that will keep the stores, restaurants, small businesses, schools, etc. functioning in the near and near-ish future. And I suspect we’re going to need to keep wearing them for a couple more YEARS before we’re truly over the hump. That’s just my opinion and please, let’s not go down that rabbit hole.
The question currently on the table is HOW TO MAKE MASK-WEARING THE THING PEOPLE WANT TO DO AND WILL DO ON THEIR OWN?