According to a survey conducted by WebMD, more women than men plan to wear a mask due to COVID-19 as long as public health experts like the CDC recommend it.
The survey shows that 73% of women will continue to wear masks “even though it is recommended by public health experts,” compared with 63% of men.
In contrast, 126 people reported “not wearing a mask”, including 6% of women and 11% of men.
Your answers are included in the responses of 1,557 WebMD readers surveyed between April 1st and April 5th, 2021. A total of 2,181 adults took part or part of the survey. The error rate was plus / minus 2.1%.
Other answers to the question “How long do you plan to routinely wear a mask due to COVID-19?” included to “I am fully vaccinated.” A total of 131 respondents chose this answer, including 5% of women and 9% of men.
Only nine people said they would wear a mask until they received their first dose of any of the vaccines.
Another 176 respondents said they wore a mask for as long as their workplace or school required it, including 8% of women and 10% of men.
Another 166 people chose “others” when asked how long they would wear a mask due to COVID-19, including 7% of women and 6% of men.
The respondents had the opportunity to explain this choice. Comments included “forever,” “long term,” and “for the rest of my life. No kidding either.” Further explanations included “until I feel safe”, “if necessary in a company I join” and “until full vaccination”.
Mask after COVID-19?
The survey also asked: “Aside from the COVID pandemic, what other times do you plan to wear a mask in the future?” In contrast to the first question, for which only one answer could be selected, the respondents were able to select all applicable answers for this question.
With the exception of “Other”, all responses differed significantly between men and women.
For example, 38% of women and 27% of men planned to wear a mask during the traditional cold and flu season.
In addition, 54% of women compared to 40% of men plan to wear a mask “when they are sick”. A slightly smaller percentage said they would wear a mask when others are sick, 52% of women and 37% of men.
Additionally, 47% of women and 37% of men plan to wear a mask in crowded public places. 34% of women and 26% of men specifically asked about public transport plan to put on a mask.
Interestingly, 17% of women and 30% of men said they “never” want to wear a mask other than the COVID-19 pandemic.
Some of the 8% of women and 7% of men who chose “other” have broadened their answer. “When I think it’s necessary”, “Not sure” and “In the doctor’s office” were among the answers.
Answers by age
The answers to the two questions in the survey also differed according to age. In the survey, the age was divided into three groups: younger than 35, 35 to 54 years and 55 years and older.
The only significant difference across all age groups were people who reported “not wearing a mask” in response to the first question about how long they would like to wear such protection due to COVID-19. The breakdown was 11% of those under 35, 9% of those between 35 and 54 and 4% of the oldest age group.
Those who reported never wearing a mask outside of the COVID-19 pandemic included 22% of the youngest group, 25% of those aged 35 to 54, and 17% of those aged 55 and over.
Older respondents to question 2 also said they want to take more precautionary measures in crowded places: 50% of 55 year olds and older plan to wear a mask, compared with 41% of the middle age group and 38% of the youngest.