Face masks are a hot topic, but there’s still some debate about whether you should wear one or not in the United States.
In some countries such as Germany, Austria and France it’s now compulsory to wear a face mask while shopping or on public transport and it’s also being strongly advised in the UK. In the U.S however, the CDC endorses homemade face masks (opens in new tab) but not everyone is willing to wear one.
A new study has been revealed by YouGov highlighting which U.S States are most and least likely to wear a face mask during the coronavirus pandemic. As well as that, YouGov (opens in new tab) revealed that the percentage of Americans wearing a face mask in April 2020 rose from 17% to 63% by the end of the month.
YouGov found that in all the states in the U.S, 12 were most likely to have residents wearing face masks. Those states are Hawaii, New Jersey, New York, California, the District of Columbia and Connecticut, to name a few.
On the opposite side of the spectrum, the states least likely to wear a face mask include Alabama, Montana, Utah, Arizona, Oklahoma, Minnesota and North Carolina, as well as others.
Statista.com (opens in new tab) also condensed the findings in a helpful map so that you can see which states are most likely to wear a face mask.
Do face masks actually work?
Many people are still torn as to whether to wear a face mask or not, with questions about their effectiveness still floating around.
Back in April 2020, the CDC recommended face masks as well as other measures like staying six feet away from anyone else who isn’t in your household. The rationale behind wearing face mask comes from the need to prevent droplet spreading of COVID-19, which could spread through sneezing or coughing.
It’s important to note that cloth face masks aren’t as effective as surgical ones however, the CDC has stressed that surgical masks must be reserved for frontline workers.
With so many questions arises around face masks, check out our homemade face masks 101: The ultimate guide to cloth face coverings (opens in new tab).