Colin Marshall discusses how to approach those who refuse to wear a mask during pandemic

Worker at taco restaurant in front of sign that reads "no mask no taco"

Colin Marshall, associate professor of philosophy, explains what to say to someone who refuses to wear a mask.

Multiple studies have shown that masks reduce the transmission of virus-loaded droplets from people with COVID-19. However, according to a Gallup poll, almost a third of Americans say they rarely or never wear a mask in public.

This raises a question: Can the anti-maskers be persuaded to wear masks?

To some, it might appear that such a question has no ethical dimension. Wearing masks saves lives, so everyone should do it. Some even believe anti-maskers are simply selfish.

But as a philosopher who studies ethics and persuasion, I argue that things are more complicated than that.

Read the entire article on The Conversation: "In the time of the COVID-19 pandemic, what should you say to someone who refuses to wear a mask? A philosopher weighs in."

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