Why some countries welcome facemasks and others don’t

Archbishop Jerome Lloyd OSJVPosted by

Behavioural scientists examine the clash between Eastern cultures with a collective mindset and individualistic mentalities in the West

Members of the public wear face masks in Westminster Underground station in central London
The public has been urged to wear face masks due to surge in Covid, flu and other respiratory viruses CREDIT: George Cracknell Wright

With Covid, flu and other respiratory viruses spreading like wildfire throughout society, numerous health officials and experts have advocated for a return to mask-wearing in the UK – especially when feeling unwell.

Since the emergence of Covid, there have been countless research papers supporting and dismissing the benefits of wearing a mask.

The largest and most comprehensive study on mask effectiveness, published in December 2021, demonstrated that wearing masks does reduce Covid transmission.

Researchers from numerous American universities and health organisations recruited over 340,000 adults in 600 villages in Bangladesh. The trial resulted in a 30 per cent increase in mask-wearing and demonstrated a nine per cent reduction in Covid-19.


Why some countries welcome facemasks and others don’t

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