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Consumers and COVID-19: Survey Results on Mask-Wearing Behaviors and Beliefs



Masks or cloth face coverings have the potential to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 without greatly disrupting economic activity if they are widely used. To assess the state of mask wearing, we surveyed US consumers about their recent and prospective mask-wearing behavior. We find that most respondents are wearing masks in public but that some respondents are less likely to follow social-distancing guidelines while doing so, indicating a potential tradeoff between two of the recommended methods that jointly reduce coronavirus transmission. While most respondents indicated that they were extremely likely to wear a mask if required by public authorities, the reported likelihood is strongly dependent on age and perceived mask efficacy.

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  • , 2020. "Consumers and COVID-19: Survey Results on Mask-Wearing Behaviors and Beliefs," Economic Commentary, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland, vol. 2020(20), pages 1-7, July.
  • Handle: RePEc:fip:fedcec:88396
    DOI: 10.26509/frbc-ec-202020

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    1. Mitze, Timo & Kosfeld, Reinhold & Rode, Johannes & Wälde, Klaus, 2020. "Face Masks Considerably Reduce COVID-19 Cases in Germany: A Synthetic Control Method Approach," IZA Discussion Papers 13319, Institute of Labor Economics (IZA).
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    1. > Economics of Welfare > Health Economics > Economics of Pandemics > Specific pandemics > Covid-19 > Health > Distancing and Lockdown > Compliance and Efficacy

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