I live in a strongly liberal/progressive area and most people haven’t been wearing masks indoors since last spring. I won’t hurt population immunity to respiratory diseases by staying home unless I need to go out and wearing an N95 respirator in indoor public areas or shops. Local small businesses don’t need me showing up in person because they’re doing reasonably well right now. I’m not 100% cutting my immune system off because I go out sometimes and masks don’t give you perfect immunity (I’m also boosted and got the flu shot, neither of which is perfect). I will reduce the number of times I’ll get sick and the chances that I expose a vulnerable person to a respiratory disease. It’s giving up to say the US can’t become more similar to a country like Singapore or South Korea in ways that will improve everyone’s quality of life. Culture changed before and it can change again. People can wear masks during flu season to protect vulnerable people. I refuse to belief that there’s something unique about the US that prevents people from taking collective action for the greater good (cue for sappy music).