The Ohio State University Corporate Engagement Office
Lockdowns, Masks, and Social Distancing: The Politics of Public Health
September 4, 2020
An effective public health response to the COVID-19 pandemic includes mandatory limits on public gatherings, mask-wearing, and social distancing. To what extent should the content of these measures be shaped by what we know, or think we know, about the social and political consequences of trying to enforce them? What can explain the widespread skepticism and non-compliance that these recommendations have met with in the United States?