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Mask on or off? Life gets back to normal, and we’re rusty.

The New York Times, April 29, 2021

April 29, 2021

Mask on or off? Life gets back to normal, and we’re rusty.

Dr. Susan Huang, [professor and director of epidemiology and infection prevention], of the University of California, Irvine, Medical School, explained the conflicted psychology as a function of rapidly changing risk, and the difference in tolerance individuals have for risk. … “We’re between the darkness and the light,” Dr. Huang said. She likened the psychology around masks and other behavior to the different approaches people take to changing their wardrobes at the end of winter: People who are more risk averse continue to wear winter clothes on 50 degree days, where bigger risk takers opt for shorts. “Eventually,” she said, “everyone will be wearing shorts.”