Covid-19: Only 44% Indians wear mask despite high awareness
Despite high awareness of its efficacy in arresting the spread of Covid-19, the mask is worn only by 44% of Indians, reveals a nationwide survey covering 18 cities. Less than half of the respondents wear it correctly and in all relevant situations.
The ongoing unlock process has triggered a degree of laxity in wearing masks, a critical shield against the virus along with social-distancing and hand hygiene. Conducted as part of the 'ApnaMask' initiative by EkDesh, a not-for-profit platform, the survey identified breathing issues and inconvenience as key reasons for people not wearing masks.
The study report says: 'Breathing problems emerged (50%) as a key reason, followed by discomfort and inconvenience at 44%.'