There is much debate on whether or not to wear a mask in public during a global viral pandemic that involves a highly-contageous pathogen.
Not wearing a mask can, by intelligent standards, be read as not caring for oneself or others.
It also appears as a bad gamble, akin to Pascal’s Wager (i.e. regardless of one’s opinion, wearing a mask in proximity to other humans greatly reduces the opportunity for said humans to become infected and vice versa).
Emotions against wearing a mask are understandable, yet useless to the individual and harmful to society and the country.
A virus doesn’t care what one’s political stance is. A virus doesn’t care what values you profess. A virus is immune to belief.
A myopic, selfish definition of freedom in the face of a planetary plague will greatly diminish the pursuit of life, let alone liberty and happiness.
It need not require a state mandate to ensure a level of protection greater than we, the humans, can achieve through reason, common sense, and compassion.
Therefore, either a great number of people will practice social protection and we will return to health or we will face an ongoing threat with disregard and hasten sickness and death.