Rorisang Kgosana
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21 Aug 2020
4:37 pm

SA adhering to masks as more than 70% wear them, unlike the US

Rorisang Kgosana

But there are many who do not wear masks correctly, with some exposing their noses or frequently touching their masks, says South African Medical Research Council CEO Professor Glenda Gray.

A woman selling clothes along a busy street in Olievenhoutbosch can be seen wearing a mask to prevent contracting Covid-19, 21 August 2020. Picture: Jacques Nelles

South Africans seemed to be doing well in adhering to the rules in terms of mask-wearing as 73% said they always wore masks in outdoor settings, a figure not far off from the required 80% by the World Health Organisation. Round two of the Covid-19 Democracy Survey by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council found that this number increased between 8 and 17 July as compared to the first round between April and May, where only 48% of people adhered to wearing masks. “This is impressive if we compare the figure to the US, where a...