ANALYSIS OF MASK AVOIDANCE AMID THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC
by Eugenia Calvo
Category: Humanities and Social Sciences
Abstract – Whilst the world is waiting for the coronavirus disease pandemic to end, wearing a mask has become an evidence-based measure for decreasing viral transmission of COVID-19. Although most people do adhere and listen to these public health guidelines, others rebel against them and believe that wearing a mask has been imposed upon them against their will. The factors that go into making this decision are complex. An understanding of the barriers and mentality of this population must be formed to foster a behavioural change. This paper breaks down the anti-mask mentality from a philosophical and sociological lens analyzing point out psychological factors, a lack of knowledge about COVID-19, previous negative connotations surrounding the practice of mask-wearing, stigma, and the inconveniences that masks create, which may inhibit someone's decision to wear a mask.