Why are people so conflicted about the right response to the pandemic?

Is there a cultural theory perspective on the COVID pandemic of 2020-21? Of course there is:

Davy, Benjamin. “Social Distancing and Cultural Bias: On the Spatiality of COVID-19.” Journal of the American Planning Association 87, no. 2 (2021): 159-166. https://doi.org/10.1080/01944363.2020.1824617