The recipe for stopping COVID-19 is straightforward. You need rapid testing, population access to resources, social distancing, facial coverings, and herd compliance.
We know that this sequence works. Countries like South Korea, Singapore, Taiwan, and New Zealand have successfully limited how the coronavirus spreads in their communities. When people buy-in to the process, COVID-19 gets stopped in its tracks.
The countries where it hasn’t been stopped typically see one problem: herd compliance.
What Is Herd Compliance, and Why Does It Matter?
If you ask someone about wearing a mask in the United States, the activity gets equated to a political statement.
Most Americans who wear masks are Democrats, and the ones who do not are Republicans.
People who wear them see the process as an uncomfortable way to help others. The goal isn’t to stop them from getting COVID. It is to prevent a potential infection they have from spreading. Since people are contagious before they display symptoms, you can infect others without ever knowing it.
People who don’t wear masks see the issue as one of control. Those who follow the government’s recommendations are “sheep.” It’s one step closer to losing even more freedoms.
If the coronavirus is ever going to stop spreading, more people need to comply with the safety regulations encouraged by health professionals. It’s that simple.
Why Is It Difficult to Wear a Mask?
When the rest of the world looks at the United States, they wonder why so many Americans have a problem wearing a mask.
Some complaints seem logical. Masks can cause your glasses to fog up, cause skin irritation, or create breathing issues for some people. For many, the issue of COVID is overblown and disproportional in response.
As Susan Wiles, a retired sign language interpreter and someone with an autoimmune disorder, says, “Sure, there’s a virus. But people die of the flu every year. I don’t fall for this. It’s not what they say it is.”
Until those attitudes change, the coronavirus is going to linger. That’s because it doesn’t care what political party anyone follows.