Mask resistance rises in rural communities
Nebraska is among 17 states seeing a surge in Covid-19 cases. The nation's top doctors warn, masking up is critical. Reporter Tara Campbell found strong resistance in communities where there is no mandate.
the signs are very clear. If you're wearing a mask, you're not welcome. I don't want people on my property wearing masks because there's a lot of people that come and go. And if something comes up missing and I've got a videotape of somebody with a mask on, I'll never figure out who it is. Justin Thompson owns a business in Washington County. He thinks masks are a waste of time. I don't wear masks unless I'm forced to. I believe that the herd immunity would be the better solution than trying to avoid catching Cove in 19. It's that kind of false hope that has doctors concerned. An infectious disease doctor says science has discovered a lot in six months mass work. The data is robust, and we're in a position now to prevent additional transmissions through the effective use and wise produce of mass. Over time, a drive deeper into the county reveals more resistance. Gina Graphia says. Not a lot of people wear masks. We don't have a mask mandate so people don't wear their masks as much as people in Omaha would. Because of the mandate outside the urban centers, Nebraska is not too big on mask mandates. Really challenging issue, of course, is that states and healthcare jurisdictions, some smaller counties and cities have really been left on their own to decide about mask guidance. Made war, says the doctor, by what people are seeing that's been augmented by the lack of consistent messaging and role modeling from the national leadership. And that's just really empowered. Ah, huge cauldron of confusion again, defiance, something Gina's all too familiar with. She says she wants to wear a mask, but she's afraid then people like, Oh, she's one of those mass squares And there's just so many different opinions about wearing a mask, and his cases of Cove in 19 continue to rise. The experts say. Ignore the opinions and follow the fax. The bottom line is, that doesn't matter what side of the aisle you're on politically. The numbers are the numbers, you can't argue with them and they are not going in the right direction.