Should wearing masks be mandatory? | The Tylt
While many countries around the world have been able to control or mitigate their coronavirus outbreaks, the United States has let the virus run rampant in our communities. The CDC says that if everyone wore a mask while conducting essential activities, the pandemic could be under control within 4 to 6 weeks.
A simple way to get there would be making masks mandatory across the United States—that way there is no ambiguity about what needs to be done. It's clear that it works. Many other countries have used mask wearing in combination with other public health strategies to great success.
However, opponents of a mandatory masking rule—namely Republicans who have exacerbated the pandemic and failed to provide leadership—argue a one-size-fits-all approach does not work in the United States. Regions face different conditions and so the federal government should not decide. It is a local decision.
Should wearing masks be mandatory?