A day after Gov. Eric Holcomb had to tamp down rumors relegating COVID-19 as a “hoax” and conspiracy, and President Trump finally asked “everybody” to wear a face mask, Indiana became the third state headed by a Republican governor to mandate the now controversial facial coverings.

In just about every other nation, wearing a face mask has been seen as a common-sense approach to a pandemic where an estimated 40 percent in an Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health study are asymptomatic. In Japan, people wear masks when they catch a common cold out of respect and safety for those around them.

Brian A. Howey is publisher of Howey Politics Indiana at www.

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