If you can’t access WSJ, I have a few pertinent quotes which I can’t give verbatim because of a copy block at Apple News.
1) It is a male thing. “Uncool, shameful, a sign of weakness and a stigma.” UK has only about 25% compliance among men. And they have one of the highest infection rates in the world. Of course we are the leader now. Exceptionalism of the Third Kind.
2) Hong Kong, one of the most densely populated places in the world with 7.5 million residents (about like NYC) did not do a shutdown and has had only 6 deaths. Plus there were about 3 million travelers coming and going, about 1/2 from China. Mask compliance for mass transit: 97%, with the 3% mainly Americans and Europeans.
So our “price of freedom” is 130,000 dead, 40,000 infections and hospitalizations per day, a tanked economy and 4+ Trillion borrowed money.
Smart trade off? I think not.
We can only blame ourselves with respect to one of the simplest, cheapest, and effective ways to get through this pandemic. But only if everyone cooperates for the greater health and prosperity of the community.
Early on, there were some efforts to discourage the use of masks, particularly the critical N-95’s that were needed for healthcare workers. And the consensus on plain cloth was not emphatic on its use.
Seems simple enough.