6th April 2022, London, United Kingdom – Today, a new study conducted by YouGov and AirPop highlights the future of masking in the UK. With over 1000 respondents, the study found that over 60% of the British public will continue to wear masks moving forward. Caring for others is a key driver with 76% of individuals aged 18-24 saying they would continue to wear masks to protect the elderly and vulnerable. Personal protection was another reason, especially while shopping, at crowded events and on public transportation. The data highlights the transition of masks from a pandemic mandate to a matter of personal choice – indicating that more Americans have embraced face masks as an important tool in the protection of their health and well-being.
The survey was conducted on YouGov Direct. 1,000 UK adults 18+ were interviewed on 17th March 2022. Data is weighted on age, gender, education level, political affiliation and social grade to be nationally representative of adults 18+ in the United Kingdom. The margin of error is approximately 3.3% for the overall sample.
Simon Neave, CCO AirPop Health, comments: “We were keen to understand what the UK public thought as we start to learn to live with COVID. What’s clear from this survey is that the message of ‘hands, face, space’ still rings true for most and the majority of respondents are willingly adapting their behaviours to protect themselves and show true compassion for the elderly and vulnerable.”
“We are delighted to see AirPop health using primary research to keep abreast of consumer behaviour while society continues to live with Covid. Empathy for others is clearly a driver for most of the population today and that importance translates into the workplace and retail.” comments Ted Marzilli, CEO, YouGov Direct.
Key Factors Driving Masking
55% of respondents wear a face mask because they care about others. 54% of 18-24 year olds wear a mask as an outward sign that they care about others – more than any other age category only 26% in the 40-54 age range)
40% say they are worried about catching Covid-19
76% of respondents 18-24 year olds said they were likely to wear a mask around elderly and vulnerable people
Where Individuals Will Wear Masks
76% of people said they will continue to wear a face mask on public transport (over 79% in the over 55s and female categories)
69% of 18-24 year olds said they would wear a face mask on public transport to make others feel comfortable (compared to 20-27% in the older age ranges)
42% of people said they would always a wear a face mask while shopping at a retail or grocery store to protect themselves
0% of 18-24 years olds said it was unnecessary for people to wear face masks in bars, restaurants and shops (compared to 16% of 40-54 year olds)
Overall Impact of the Pandemic in Individuals
56% of respondents said they will continue to socially distance and avoid crowded places
60% of people said they will continue to wear a face mask in the future (67% of over 55s)
52% of respondents said the pandemic will have lasting effect emotionally
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