The West Virginia University School of Public Health is partnering with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to conduct an eight-week mask observation study to estimate the percentage of people within the WVU community wearing masks correctly and, ultimately, increase the proportion of people who use masks correctly.
WVU is one of 60 colleges and universities across the country participating in the study, called MASCUP! (Mask Adherence Surveillance at Colleges and Universities Project). Observing mask use can assist universities with determining the adherence among students, faculty and staff to inform public health decision-making.
In February, eight observers from the School of Public Health completed observer training, led by the CDC. They began observing mask use at various locations throughout campus and the local community the week of February 15.
Following are the preliminary results from the first week of observations (Feb. 15-21), during which 448 people were observed. Of those observed:
- 435 (97.1%) wore masks.
- 13 (2.9 %) did not wear masks.
- 412 (94.7%) of those wearing masks wore them correctly.
Additionally, observers noted the most common mask type was a cloth mask (N = 256 (58.85%).
The School of Public Health and University will continue to share the results on a weekly basis. The campus community, as well as others within the surrounding community, are encouraged to share these ongoing updates in an effort to raise awareness and increase overall mask wearing and proper mask usage. If you would like to receive the weekly updates directly, please contact the School of Public Health Marketing and Communications Office.
Pictured above: WVU student correctly wearing a neck gaiter, covering mouth and nose, while sitting in class. (WVU Photo/Greg Ellis)
CONTACT: Nikky Luna, Director of Marketing and Communications
WVU School of Public Health