How did facemasks get so political? Wearing a mask has somehow become a partisan issue, with some people facing verbal abuse and even being coughed on for daring to don a mask. Likewise, support for lockdowns is apparently divided, in some countries, along party lines.
As the blame game starts, things could get even more political. The “rally ’round the flag” effect that brought everyone together at the beginning of the crisis is likely to weaken as time passes. Critical questions will be asked, and the answers will appeal to different political demographics.
Even countries claiming to “follow the science” are finding that the science doesn’t necessarily always offer clear answers. It turns out that epidemiologists disagree with one another on key policy questions, and politicians need to make hard choices. And when politicians make choices, things get political.
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