NEWS ANALYSIS: Behavioural change comes slowly in the time of Covid-19
A sense of fatalism or a sense of invincibility? The reasons for people flouting safety rules, and common sense, have complex underpinnings
More than half a million people have already died in the coronavirus pandemic, and still the message hasn’t got through about how big a risk the disease poses.
The world over, public health guidance is to wear masks, maintain as much physical distance as possible from other people, and avoid crowds. Yet people are still congregating in large numbers on beaches, at parties and in bars, and many consider directives to wear masks an abrogation of their rights.