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20th Dec 2020

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner takes swipe at anti-mask COVID sceptics

Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner took a swipe at anti-maskers in a video posted to her Instagram story. She isn't a fan of COVID sceptics

Alex Roberts

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Game of Thrones star Sophie Turner took a swipe at anti-maskers in a video posted to her Instagram story.

She said: “If I can wear a mask to give birth, then you can wear a mask at Walmart. And that’s the tea.”

Turner has been married to singer Joe Jonas since May 2019. She gave birth to their daughter in July 2020.

Back in March, Turner posted a similarly emphatic message to her Instagram account encouraging people to adhere to lockdown measures.

Posted at the beginning of lockdown, she reminded her 15.2 million followers of the importance of minimising contact with others.

Turner said: “Stay inside. Don’t be fucking stupid. Even if you count your freedom … over your health. I don’t give a fuck about your freedom.”

The 24-year-old added: “You could be infecting other people, other vulnerable people around you by doing this. So stay inside, guys! It’s not cool, it’s not big, and it’s not clever. And that’s the tea.”

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, face masks have been encouraged – and in many places permitted – to reduce the spread of Covid-19.

However, of the many public health measures that have been implemented, it is the wearing of face masks which has arguably courted the most controversy.

Some have criticised their use as an affront to freedom and personal liberty. Numerous anti-mask protests have been held worldwide, including in London. Public health officials have repeatedly stated that they are essential in reducing the spread of coronavirus, however.

A team of Brazilian scientists found that people who were non-compliant with safety measures such as wearing face masks showed “lower levels of empathy, and higher levels of callousness, deceitfulness, and risk-taking”.

Taking a risk with your own health is quite something, let alone someone else’s.

Scientists say: “Exposing oneself and others to risk, even when it can be avoided, is a typical trait for people with antisocial tendencies and with low levels of empathy”.

The team of researchers called upon public health officials to do more to educate people.

“Our findings can be useful for public health policies.

“Through screenings that demonstrate an elevation in these (sociopathic) traits, interventions can be carried out aiming at greater awareness and consequent compliance with containment measures”.