October 15, 2020

CDC: 85% of COVID-19 patients report ‘always’ or ‘often’ wearing masks

By: Judy Mathias
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Editor's Note

Recently published data from a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that 70.6% of COVID-19-positive patients report “always” wearing a mask, 14.4% report “often” wearing a mask, and 3.9% report “never” wearing a mask (See Table: Reported use of cloth face covering or mask 14 days before illness onset.).

The study compared case patients who tested positive (154) and control patients who tested negative (160).


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The study also finds that eating and drinking on-site at bars and restaurants increases the risk of contracting COVID-19, with two times as many COVID-19-positive patients reporting dining at restaurants than COVID-19-negative patients.

Study participants were randomly sampled from 11 academic healthcare systems that are part of the Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness in the Critically Ill Network, between July 1 and July 29.

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