I just took a 1,600-mile road trip from Washington to St. Louis and back. I was shaken by what I saw.
I feel like I just drove across a country that’s losing a winnable fight.
@DLeonhardt Masks work. What is wrong with people?
Accelerating the vaccination campaign is an urgent task for Biden, and he seems to have a plan. But if he doesn’t find a way to persuade more Americans to do their part to slow the virus’s spread, a lot more people will die in the meantime.
Millions of Americans have decided they would prefer more Covid — for their communities and potentially for their families and themselves — to more masks.
Wearing a mask isn’t much fun, I realize. But the inconvenience sure seems worth the benefits.
Study after study has shown that masks reduce the virus’s spread.
Nationwide, about half of Americans are not wearing masks when in close contact with people outside their households, according to a survey by the University of Southern California. (5/x)
At a convenience store in Indiana, a hand-drawn sign on the door read: “Face masks are required. Please do not enter without one!!” Customers did anyway.
At a Fairfield Inn in Ohio, a middle-aged couple sat unmasked on a lobby sofa for hours, drinking beers and scrolling through their phones. The hotel staff evidently did nothing about it.
Almost everywhere I stopped — gas stations, rest stops and hotels, across Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana and Illinois — there was a sign on the door saying that people had to wear masks to enter. And almost everywhere, most people ignored the sign.