Robert Dingwall

Robert Dingwall is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at Nottingham Trent University

Do face masks work?

Throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, international agencies, national governments, and local public health departments claimed that their policies followed ‘the science’. The imposition of face masks in public areas was a prominent example.  ‘Hands, face, space,’ we were told; the belief was that wearing a mask would prevent the transmission of the SARS-Cov-2 virus. Critics who