How is your region doing with mask wearing?

Dr. Jen Ashton has the latest data on who’s masking up across the country.
2:32 | 11/19/20

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and show you the latest data from Johns Hopkins university on this coronavirus catastrophe. 56.3 million cases that we know about around the world. 11.5 million cases here at home and the staggering death toll more than 250,000 American lives lost. The numbers are just staggering. Catastrophe indeed. Still in the making as we're waiting for this vaccine. We obviously know what we're supposed to be doing. Social distancing, wearing face masks, hand hygiene. Do we have a sense of how widespread mask wearing is? We didn't until a survey done by Mckenzie and company. For some historical perspective, it was only in the spring that the CDC recommended mask or face coverings for the general that's never happened before. Take a look at some of these findings on mask use. They fall out differently based on gender. This is self-reported use. Men 84% saying they're wearing masks. Women 77%. I found that surprising. They also fall out differently by a ages 35 to 55 apparently more likely to report they're wearing masks, 85%, versus those over the age of 55, just 74%. They also fall out differently based on geography and the region in the country. The south leading the way at 83% self-reported use. These numbers are the opposite of what we all thought they were going to be. Mckenzie and company does not play around with their data. Northwest 80%, midwest 79% and the west coast 77%. Interesting. We're both looking at these numbers like survey says and we're surprised. Self-reported use remember. And the mask wearing, it's amazing we've been covering this and from the beginning there was one recommendation on masks and now it evolves and continues to That's a good thing in medicine and science in the field of infectious disease. We're learning more and more about masks. Initially we only put masks on sick people in the hospital. Then we learned 45% of people with covid showed no symptoms. Masks protect you, not me. Now there's growing data masks can offer some protection to the person wearing them. So, again, mask, mask, mask. That study said if 95% of people wore masks we would not be in the situationre in. That's right.

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