One in three South Africans don't wear masks when leaving home: survey

One in 3 South African adults don't wear masks when leaving home. That's according to a #COVID19 democracy survey. Marcelle Gordon talks to Dr Stephen Rule from the Human Sciences Research Council for more details. #eNCA Courtesy #DStv403

JOHANNESBURG - One in three South African adults don't wear masks when leaving home, according to a COVID-19 democracy survey.

It was conducted by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council.

This despite scientific evidence showing that wearing a face mask in public is one of the most effective measures to curb the spread of the virus.

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Doctor Stephen Rule from the Human Sciences Research Council says some people claim they are now tired of wearing masks.

"It is quite alarming, the other, almost 30% say sometimes or usually wear a mask but almost 71% always wear a mask.

"We didn't actually ask reasons why people actually do or do not wear a mask but in some of the comments in our survey, we got an idea that a lot of people are fed up with masks since now that the lockdown has been going for such a long time," he said.

South Africa currently has 712 thousand 412 cases of Coronavirus.

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eNCA