The phrase “coronavirus hype bubble” refers to misinformation and hyperbole about the novel coronavirus. The virus is not a hoax. It is mild for most people, but it can cause serious disease in certain populations, particularly the elderly. Early in the Spring, it seemed that some of the response to the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was not based on evidence. And I think many of us in the technology world thought the same thing.
Masks don’t work, evidence suggests. On top of that, a lot of people find it difficult to wear a mask. Some of them do it anyway because they feel like they must, perhaps because of peer pressure or to avoid being harassed. But if they just had a step-by-step guide to tell them how to go maskless, they would probably feel confident enough to at least give it a try.