“Everything is fraught with life and death consequences, and it’s just hard to grapple with that at any one moment,” said Leventhal, the runner. “That’s a long way of saying, I should be wearing one, probably, but it’s difficult when you run, so I don’t.”

As warmer weather beckons people outside, more chances emerge for confrontations between mask believers and mask doubters.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, who says people are fine not wearing a mask if they are out walking alone, but need to put one on if someone approaches, on Tuesday described confronting a maskless man he encountered while walking his dog.

“We were in a little bit of a disagreement and the situation, the conversation got a little tense. So I stopped the conversation,” Cuomo said.