How wearing a face mask became politically fraught
Q&A: Are Face Mask Requirements Legal?
Growing Body of Evidence Suggests Masks Protect Those Wearing Them, Too
Additional resources to think about
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention provides guidelines on how use, make, wear, and wash face coverings to suppress the spread of COVID-19.
Can Teachers Really Do Their Jobs in Masks?
Some school districts are debating on whether to incorporate face coverings in the classroom setting. This article examines how teachers may face issues in educating their students when wearing a face covering.
Americans' Face Mask Usage Varies Greatly by Demographics
This article examines who wears or doesn't wear facial coverings across the U.S.
Democrats and Republicans see coronavirus differently
Across the nation, many citizens are divided on wearing facial coverings due to their political affiliation. This journalist provides a breakdown on why democrats and republican vouch or refuse to wear face coverings.
A cultural exploration of face masks during disease outbreaks
This segment from PBS NewsHour talks about the history and cultural insights of wearing a mask during an outbreak of illness and disease.
How Well Do Masks Work?
On this episode of It's Okay To Be Smart, Dr. Joe Hanson uses slow-motion schlieren imaging experiments to demonstrate how masks work and explain why they help to stop the spread of airborne infections.
Who created this message?
- What kind of “text” is it?
- How similar or different is it to others of the same genre?
- What are the various elements (building blocks) that make up the whole?
What creative techniques are used to attract my attention?
- What do you notice (about the way the message is constructed)?
- What’s the emotional appeal?
- What makes it seem “real?”
- What's the emotional appeal? Persuasive devices used?
How might different people understand this message differently from me?
- How many other interpretations could there be?
- How could we hear about them?
- How can you explain the different responses?
What lifestyles, values, and points of view are represented in, or omitted from, this message?
- What type of person is the reader/watcher/listener invited to identify with?
- What ideas or perspectives are left out?
- How would you find what’s missing?
- What judgments or statements are made about how we treat other people?
Why is this message being sent?
- What's being sold in this message? What's being told?
- Who is served by or benefits from the message
– the public?
– private interests?
Should face masks be federally mandated?
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