In this global pandemic, many Americans refuse to follow the mandated wearing of masks to prevent further infection. This is an exceptionally different reaction than most other first-world countries in the world. After reading BBC’s “Coronavirus: Why are Americans so angry about masks?”, I’ve come to the conclusion that it’s a part of American culture to have a strong sense of individualism and limitation of the power of the state. Many Americans believe that with civil liberties and personal freedoms, they shouldn’t have to wear a mask if they don’t wish to do so.
Majority of Americans that don’t feel comfortable wearing masks are Republican men, following the ideologies of the president of this country. Donald Trump has been very outspoken about his attitude regarding masks. Trump believes they are “unnecessary” and “limiting”; he was not seen publicly wearing a mask until early July of 2020, several months after COVID-19 had spread globally. In other countries, citizens have a great deal of trust and confidence in their government, something the United States lacks. Officials from both sides of mask-wearing are becoming concerned with how science and politics are in opposition.