Health and Wellness

Alternate Posting Location: Public Safety Face Mask Survey Results

View all of the results from nearly 4,000 cops, firefighters, EMTs, paramedics and corrections officers.

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.

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By Greg Friese

Greg Friese, Stevens Point, Wisconsin, is an author, educator, paramedic, and marathon runner.

Greg was the co-host of the award winning EMSEduCast podcast, the only podcast by and for EMS educators. Greg has written for,, Wilderness Medical Associates, JEMS Magazine, and EMS World Magazine, and the NAEMSE Educator Newsletter.