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Men Are Less Likely to Wear Masks, According to Study

Be the exception.

We're all adjusting to the new normal of wearing safety gear everywhere, but apparently a number of men are opting not to wear masks.

It gets worse. According to a study by Middlesex University London and the Mathematical Science Research Institute, men also think that they are less likely to be impacted by COVID-19. The data says otherwise, however, as it shows that men are more than twice as likely to die of COVID-19.

The reason? A lot of the respondents said face masks weren't cool. We wish we were joking. "Men more than women agree that wearing a face covering is shameful, not cool, a sign of weakness, and a stigma," the study said.

Researchers say it's a behavioral trait as men tend to believe they are risk-takers. "With regard to gender, it has been postulated that women are generally less willing to take risks and are thus more compliant with preventive behavior than their male counterparts," the authors wrote.


There have been back-and-forth conversations about the effectiveness of masks, but it can definitely fight against COVID-19 droplet transmission.

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), "if masks are to be used, this measure must be combined with hand hygiene and other [infection prevention and control] measures to prevent the human-to-human transmission of [COVID-19]."

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