Nordic Countries Won’t #MaskUp

CNN says that anti-vaccine groups and people opposed to face masks are eerily similar in their views. Not really, since those opposed to face masks have a rational, scientific basis for their conclusion. This is evidenced by countries like Sweden, Denmark, Finland, and Norway.

No country for face masks: Nordics brush off mouth covers

Marc PRÉEL, with Nioucha ZAKAVATI, AFP July 30, 2020

Stockholm (AFP) – As most of the world either orders or recommends the use of face masks, with even US president Donald Trump seen wearing one, Nordic nations are the remaining holdouts.

In supermarkets, on buses, and along the streets of capitals — such as Stockholm, Copenhagen, Oslo, Helsinki and Reykjavik — face masks are a rare sight, worn only by a small minority, many of who are tourists.

According to a recent survey by YouGov, only five to 10 percent of respondents in the Nordic countries said they used a mask in public settings, a figure that has remained stable since the start of the crisis in March.

At the same time, the corresponding figures have risen to between 70 and 80 percent for most of the other 20 countries polled, including India and the United States.

“I have the impression that if the government doesn’t say clearly ‘we advise you to wear a mask’, nobody will,” 21-year-old French student Camille Fornaroli told AFP, adding she was shocked to see how rare masks were in Stockholm.