Polls Reveal More Americans Wear Masks

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Day 269: Stay Safe Minnesota

A new finds that despite of partisan divide, more Americans now say they accept wearing masks, social distance and continue to do so, if needed.

Though the national debate over face masks wearing continues in US, most states have issued mask mandates. Dr Robert Redfieldtold, Director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been pleading to Americans to wear mask for a long time. “I think we have clear data now that face masks work and we really know — the key is now how to get everybody to embrace them” told Dr Redfieldtold.

Wearing masks is one of the most powerful tools to combat the spread of Covid-19, and that Americans should embrace their “personal responsibility” by wearing one.

Dr. Robert Redfieldtold, Director of CDC on CNN

According to new poll report, large majorities American are wearing masks regularly.

More Americans Wearing Masks

A recent survey by the Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) more Americans are now accepting the benefits of wearing masks and wearing them around others.

The share of the public who say they are worried that they or someone in their family will get sick from coronavirus is at its highest point since KFF began tracking this question in February (68%).

Kaiser Family Foundation in a Statement

In the CNN Health, Mallika Kallingal and Maggie write that as Covid-19 infections, hospitalizations and deaths surge nationwide, more American think the worst of the pandemic is yet to come. “These fears may have motivated people to accept public health advice about wearing masks and staying away from other people. Asked how often they wear a protective mask when out of the house and in contact with other people, 96% of those polled said some, most or all of the time.”

Though most Republicans remain less likely to take such precautions, large majorities now say they wear masks regularly and can continue social distancing for at least six months if needed, KFF said in the report.

While an overwhelming majority of Democrats (93%) and a large majority of independents (70%) say wearing a mask is everyone’s responsibility to protect public health, Republicans are more divided on this issue with half (50%) saying it is everyone’s responsibility and a similar share saying it is a personal choice (45%).

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Report

Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman said in a statement: “Republican denialism mirroring President Trump, even in the face of a growing epidemic in red states, has become a real public health challenge that the incoming administration will need to take on.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a Center for Strategic and International Studies virtual health event earlier this week that ‘despite the vaccines, the public won’t be able to “throw the masks away” until the late fall or early winter of 2021’.

“It’s not going to be like turning a light switch on and off. It’s not going to be overnight. It’s going to be gradual, and I think we will know when we see the level of infection in the country at a dramatically lower level than it is right now that we can start gradually tiptoeing towards normality.”

“I don’t believe we’re going to be able to throw the masks away and forget about physical separation in congregate settings for a while, probably likely until we get into the late fall and early next winter, but I think we can do it,” reportedly added Dr Fauci.

Coronavirus Pandemic watch

According to the MDH latest tally (as of Dec 21, 11 a.m.) the confirmed COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are 399,311 (out of 5,232,347 tested) with 4,872 deaths. According to Johns Hopkins database (as of Dec 21, 3:22 p.m.) there are 17,959,886 confirmed covid19 infection with 318,782 deaths. Globally the covid19 virus has infected 77,202,828 with 1,699,307 deaths.

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