Maybe. But there are so many reasons why Americans refuse to wear face-masks.
Some say masks block their facial expressions. Others say it gives the government power to take away their freedom. For most, it is political because Trump doesn’t wear one.
Many are taking a hard stand.
They say we have no constitutional right to tell them to wear masks. If they do, they breach the deeply-entrenched American belief in personal liberty.
Dennis Silverman, a retired physics professor at the University of California Irvine, says in a recent university blog that wearing masks actually exercises human rights.
“We were used to seeing signs in restaurants, ‘no shoes, no shirts, no service’ … but nobody protested them,” he said.
“People are required to be dressed in public, nobody goes around nude asserting it is their right. Believe me, it would cause car accidents. So a mask requirement cannot be argued against as a personal or constitutional right.”
In other words, you might have a right to do whatever you want but it isn’t your right to go out and infect the world.
Why not defend our property rights?
Remember: your practice is private. It isn’t owned by the government. Patients elect to come onto your property. As such, they have to follow your rules. This is the reason “privately owned” restaurants and venues can enforce dress codes.
So the next time a patient or friend insists on entering your practice (or your home) without a mask, share this story but also tell them that you understand that they are probably confused about the health benefits of wearing masks (which have been poorly communicated).
You can even show them incontrovertible proof from this sneeze test: https://actionppe.org/3/still-not-convinced-about-masks-take-this-sneeze-test/
Let them know that wearing masks is not just about preventing infected people from spreading the coronavirus but also stops them from catching a stray virus.