What influence our perception? From stigma to acceptance of wearing masks.

Updated: Apr 10, 2020

I remember back in early March, I was listening to the radio while driving to downtown to a session at the legal forms clinic. A pregnant woman was being interviewed. She told her story about being insulted because she had wore a mask while grocery shopping to protect herself and her unborn baby.


When cases were just starting to appear in the beginning at March, not many Vancouverites were worried about not wearing a mask in public.


Fast forward to April, as the numbers of cases in B.C. has rose to over 1000 cases, you may have noticed more shoppers at grocery stores are wearing masks. And I would confidently say that wearing a mask is generally accepted by the society. And many health officials are now considering the use of masks by the general public even if you're asymptomatic.


What made our perception change, as an individual and as a society?


Have you had any experience with being shunned in public for wearing a mask? Have your behavior and/or perceptions changed in the past month? If so, what caused the change? I would love to hear your story.



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