Hello everyone! This is going to be a long post, so forgive me! Before I begin, let's preface this by saying let's try really hard to not make this a political debate about...whatever the political debate is over whether or not people should or shouldn't wear masks due to COVID-19. I would assume like much of the world, the majority of users here realize that wearing masks while out is important on a number of levels during this pandemic. If you disagree, I implore you to keep it to yourself because at this point it seems unlikely that anyone will convince anyone else on this topic, and I'd hate to see the thread locked.
Okay, that out of the way, I'm curious. I live in South Korea, where the COVID-19 cases are very low and the deaths even lower. Outside of a few small spikes here and there, things have been maintained fairly such that MOST people have returned to some semblance of normalcy regarding work, etc...albeit still with recreational social distancing being recommended and travel precautions (especially into the country) being highly regulated. Despite the fact that things are going well, I see literally everyone still wearing masks. I am a teacher, for example, at a VERY small school, with VERY small class sizes, and still all teachers have to wear masks all day outside of lunch, and students do as well. Now, granted, in Asia in general, wearing masks isn't all that big of deal...given the population density of a lot of places, and just general concern for health and well-being, it isn't uncommon to see people wearing masks if there is even a cold moving around the workplace. Having said that though, as an American living in Korea, it's been kind of wild reading the news and seeing different things on social media, etc...about this outright resistance to wearing masks. Anything from misinformation about them being dangerous to one's health, to just arguments that it restricts freedom. Now, again, not here to debate those two points (although the former is objectively not true, in general). I'm just curious for people still in the states, are you seeing much of this? Are most people wearing masks? Have any of you witnessed instances where people seem resistant to wear a a mask or even socially distance? I'd be glad to hear from other countries as well. I just feel like this is a story that has a LOT of traction lately all over the internet, and even though it is merely anecdotal, I'd like to get some feedback from this community, considering it has a large amount of US members, and equally large amounts of members from other countries that might be able to provide other perspectives.
So, tl/dr: where are you from, is it more rural or urban, are you seeing resistance to wearing masks/social distancing or no masks/social distancing at all, and if so how often?