More than half of Americans who left their homes last month said they wore a mask or face covering when they went out to protect themselves from the coronavirus, an ABC/Ipsos poll found. Fifty-five percent of Americans said they wore a face covering when leaving the house.
Mask usage surged to 69% less than a month later, according to a new CBS News poll.
There are partisan and age gaps on reported mask-wearing: 55% of Democrats say they wear one “always” and 35% of Republicans say the same. Americans under the age of 30 are less likely (at 35%) to report wearing one “always” than older adults over 65 (47%).
People who rarely wear a mask say it’s their freedom of choice not to (45%); masks are uncomfortable (37%); their local area doesn’t have a lot of cases (35%); or they believe they are healthy and not likely to have, or get, the virus (34%). Videos of angry shoppers berating store employees after refusing to comply with mandatory mask-wearing policies have gone viral in recent weeks.
Schitt’s Creek creator and star Dan Levy has weighed-in on the mask-wearing controversy, hoping to get anti-mask wearers to look at things differently.
“Hi, I’ve been seeing a lot of viral videos about people who are actively not wearing masks because they perceive it to be an infringement on their freedom and I suppose in a way I can understand the frustration of being told what to do which is why I would like to propose a recontextualization of this whole thing,” Levy said in a new video he posted to Instagram.
“Imagine seeing it not as an infringement on your freedom but rather the simplest, easiest act of kindness that you can do in a day, not just for yourself but for other people who might have autoimmune issues,” he continued.
“People who, if they were to contract [the disesase] with those issues might have some devastating repercussions. So, yeah, see it not as anyone or anything infringing on your freedom but rather if you have the freedom to leave your house — if you have the good health to leave your house, ‚why not put on a mask, make it your good deed for the day and do something nice for yourself and other people,” he said.