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Face masks: Here’s what cops, firefighters, medics and COs have to say about use, policy and effectiveness
One of the questions is about off-duty face mask use. This is what we learned:
Off-duty face mask use by public safety respondents is likely a reflection of their perceptions about a face mask’s ability to keep a person safe and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Two-thirds (66%) of all respondents wear a face mask off-duty in a public place. Off-duty mask use is highest with EMS (77%) respondents and lowest with police (37%) respondents.
Off-duty public safety mask use is lower than the general population. An NBC/SurveyMonkey poll, reported July 28, 2020 found “a strong majority of adults say they regularly wear masks. Sixty-eight percent of adults say they wear masks “every time” they leave home and may be in contact with others, 16% say they do so “most of the time,” 10 percent say they wear masks “some of the time,” and just 5% say “never.””
An AP-NORC poll asked, “Which of the following measures, if any, are you taking in response to the outbreak of the new coronavirus.” In the poll conducted July 16-20,2020, 86% of Americans report wearing a mask when leaving home.