Why some countries wear face masks and others don’t, explains Low

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Why some people embrace masks while others shun them is not just about government directives and medical advice - it's also about culture and history. In some parts of Asia, everyone wears a mask by default - it is seen as safer and more considerate. Donald Low, professor of practice in public policy and Director of IEMS, explained the reasons behind those who think of wearing mask as a norm, "Putting on a mask every day before you go out is like a ritual, like putting on a uniform, and in ritual behaviour you feel you have to live up to what the uniform stands for, which is more hygienic behaviour like not touching your face or avoiding crowded places and social distancing."

Read the news articles published on 12 May 2020 on BBC News.

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