Photo Credit Sara Shipley / KHN
Photo Credit Sara Shipley / KHN

In August, local officials in Washington, Mo., a small city an hour west of St. Louis, voted against requiring residents to wear masks to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

Washington became the latest community to flip its stance on masks and other restrictions while the coronavirus ravages the country.

As America enters a dark winter without national directives to curb the pandemic, numerous cities, counties and states must decide: enact more restrictions now or leave people to their own will? Some in this tight-knit city of 14,000 have discovered that the answer — and the key to changing hearts and minds — lies in how close and real the danger seems.

Read the full story at NPT | Health.

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