People who refuse to wear face masks during the coronavirus pandemic should be stigmatised the same as drink drivers, the president of the Royal Society has said.
The comments from Venki Ramakrishnan come as two new peer-reviewed studies showed how wearing face coverings may help significantly reduce the spread of viruses such as COVID-19.
"It used to be quite normal to have quite a few drinks and drive home, and it also used to be normal to drive without seatbelts," Ramakrishnan wrote in a comment article.
"Today both of those would be considered antisocial, and not wearing face coverings in public should be regarded in the same way."
Ramakrishnan stressed how masks are only genuinely effective if worn by most people.
"If all of us wear one, we protect each other and thereby ourselves, reducing transmission," he said.
stigmatise︰動詞，給…帶來恥辱、污名化。例句︰His past record stigmatised his parents.（他過往的經歷讓他的父母蒙羞。）
antisocial ：形容詞，反社會的；對社會有害的；危害公共利益的。例句：Increasingly, smoking is regarded as an antisocial habit.（愈來愈多人將吸菸視為危害公共利益的惡習。）
genuinely ：副詞，真正地；誠實地；由衷地。例句：He was genuinely apologetic about his mistake.（他對自己的錯誤由衷地感到慚愧。）