In Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam TsangIn Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam Tsang
In Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam Tsang

Face masks and coronavirus: how culture affects your decision to wear one

  • In East Asia, wearing face masks is often seen as a collective responsibility to reduce disease transmission and can symbolise solidarity
  • But while epidemic fears could temporarily reduce resistance to masks in the West, changing this deep-seated cultural aspect long-term will be difficult

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
In Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam TsangIn Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam Tsang
In Hong Kong, where memories of Sars remain strong, wearing masks outside has become the norm amid coronavirus concerns. Photo: Sam Tsang
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