A detailed New York Times map shows where masks are being worn most in the United States.
The map was created from 250,000 survey responses and reflect the behavior patterns, political affiliations, peer pressure and the footprint of the coronavirus.
You are most likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in five random encounters in states where face masks or face coverings are mandatory.
Where are masks worn most in the U.S.? Our map shows that their use is affected by regional, local and even social patterns. https://t.co/Cc7Y71X5io
— The New York Times (@nytimes) July 17, 2020
According to The NY Times, the chances of all five people wearing masks in five random encounters are almost non-existent in states where the coronavirus rates are low.
At least 45 states require face masks to be worn in public or indoors in public places.
You are least likely to see all 5 people wearing masks in 5 random encounters in states where masks are not mandated – such as Florida, Georgia and Mississippi.
About 59% of respondents in the U.S. say they wear a mask whenever they leave home. Compare that to 92% of people who wear masks in the Philippines and 85% of respondents in Mexico.
The next highest percentage of mask wearers in the world are Spain (84%), Hong Kong, Italy and Thailand (83%), Japan and Malaysia (77%), Vietnam (71%), and Germany (63%) followed by the U.S. (59%).
Respondents who are majority mask-free when leaving home include the U.K. (19%), Australia (10%), Netherlands (9%), and Norway (4%).
Residents of Denmark, Finland and Sweden (where coronavirus cases are very low) rarely wear face masks.
First of all, a fact that may surprise you given some of the public debate about masks: Mask use is pretty high in the United States, overall. https://t.co/2ij9fXDTcs pic.twitter.com/UkpuG9givb
— Margot Sanger-Katz (@sangerkatz) July 17, 2020