“The backlash was swift and fierce among community members, many of whom believed the outbreak could be contained at the school. On social media, critics warned of ‘government overreach’ and something even more ominous in rugged mountain culture, which the mask-wearing Kilgore ran into in the hardware store: the perceived ‘sissy’ factor. ‘Once you lose your rights you are not getting them back,’ one resident wrote on Facebook. ‘The people I see being the biggest advocates of this are women and effeminate men.'” Laura Vozzella in WaPo: This rural Virginia community thought it could escape the pandemic. Now, it has among the highest number of new cases in the state. (These are the towns that are currently being hit by coronavirus, and where political leadership, from the top down, could have made a huge difference.)