WVU, CDC report week 7 results for 'MASCUP!'

The West Virginia University School of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported observation results for the seventh week of 'MASCUP!', an ongoing 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. Observing mask use can assist universities with determining the adherence among students, faculty and staff to inform public health decision-making.

For the week of March 29-April 4, 517 people were observed. Of those observed:

  • 489 (94.6 percent) wore masks
  • 28 (5.4 percent) did not wear masks
  • 446 (91.2 percent) of those wearing masks wore them correctly
  • 279 (57.1 percent) wore a cloth mask, representing the most common mask type

Since the start of the observation period (Feb. 15), the eight CDC-trained student observers have reported observing a total of 3,095 individuals. Of that total, 2,915 (94.2 percent) wore masks and 2,674 (91.7 percent) wore them correctly.  

To see a week-by-week comparison, visit the Mask Observation Results page.

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.

The School of Public Health and University will continue to share the results on a weekly basis. 

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Pictured above:  An excerpt from the Mask Observation Results page: a week-by-week comparison of 'masks/no masks' from Feb. 15, when observations began, to March 29 (through April 4). 

CONTACT: Nikky Luna, Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU School of Public Health