Masks as a Show of Strength

May 8, 2020

If we want the public to wear masks for protection from the coronavirus, not complying with self-protective measures does not model safety.

CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES

Most parents come to realize their children pay more attention to what they do, rather than what they say. Such elemental observations failed to make their way to the White House.

Recently, a valet of President Trump and his family tested positive for COVID-19. Apparently, he and other valets do not often wear a mask. As we have seen, neither the task force nor the President have worn masks during their media appearances.

Such behavior is not unknown for those in power (mostly males) for fear of appearing weak. FDR went to great lengths to cover his polio immobility. However, if we want the public to wear masks for protection from the coronavirus, not complying with self-protective measures does not model safety.

Not wearing masks can only lead to more infection and deaths. We need a different show of strength.