Most people in the US wore cloth face-coverings after Washington recommended it in April, an official study has suggested.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) researchers analysed data from more than 800 adults in two internet surveys in April and May who reported going outdoors in the past week.
Data published in CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report showed that, within days of the first national recommendation, 61.9% people reported using cloth face-coverings when they left home. This number rose to 76.4% a month later.
While more research is needed to understand why some people still do not wear cloth masks, the CDC said public health authorities should continue communicating the importance of covering the mouth and nose.