The West Virginia University School of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report week two results for 'MASCUP!', an eight-week mask observation study. The purpose of the study is to estimate the percentage of people within the WVU community wearing masks correctly and, ultimately, increase the proportion of people who use masks correctly.
WVU is one of 60 colleges and universities across the country participating in MASCUP!, which stands for Mask Adherence Surveillance at Colleges and Universities Project. Observing mask use can assist universities with determining the adherence among students, faculty and staff to inform public health decision-making.
Following are the results from the second week (Feb. 22-28) of observations, during which 368 people were observed. Of those observed:
- 342 (92.9%) wore masks;
- 26 (7.1%) did not wear masks; and
- 328 (95.9%) of those wearing masks wore them correctly.
Additionally, observers noted the most common mask type was a cloth mask (N = 202 (59%)).
To see how this compares to 'week 1' data, refer to Mask Observation Results.
The School of Public Health and University will continue to share the results on a weekly basis. The campus community, as well as others within the surrounding community, are encouraged to share these ongoing updates in an effort to raise awareness and increase overall mask wearing and proper mask usage. If you would like to receive the weekly updates directly, please contact the School of Public Health Marketing and Communications Office.
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Top photo: WVU freshmen arrive on the WVU campus interacting and physical distancing before the start of classes during the Covid-19 pandemic. (August 19, 2020; WVU Photo/Greg Ellis)
CONTACT: Nikky Luna, Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU School of Public Health