This Is How Many Americans Say They Won't Consider Wearing Masks

A surprising percentage of Americans won't consider wearing a mask in public spaces.

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As coronavirus cases continue to spike in states across the country, many officials have begun to require face coverings in their states in an effort to curb cases. Although masks have been proven effective in slowing the spread of coronavirus, the cloth coverings still seem to be a divisive topic. While mask usage in America has increased since the beginning of the pandemic, there is still a significant portion of Americans who say they won't even consider wearing masks.

According to new data from a Gallup poll, 11 percent of Americans have not considered wearing a mask in the past week. And while that's down from 18 percent in April, it's still a notable number of people. The good news, however, is that mask usage has gone up overall. "The percentage of U.S. adults who say they have worn a mask in public in the past seven days rose from 51 percent in early April to the current 86 percent high point," according to Gallup.

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The increase in mask usage is a promising sign that the country may be on the right path toward slowing community spread. But with more than 10 percent of Americans not even considering wearing a mask, many places throughout the U.S. could still be at risk for spiking cases. And the issue remains divided along partisan lines: According to the Gallup poll, 98 percent of Democrats report wearing a mask in the past week, as opposed to only 66 percent of Republicans.

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While there are currently only four states that do not require masks to be worn in public places, even in states with mask mandates in place, it can be challenging to enforce the ruling. While the uptick in cases has made some Americans more cautious, many continue to avoid wearing masks. And to learn more about the states that don't have mandates, These Are the Only Remaining States With No Face Mask Requirement.

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Allie Hogan
Allie Hogan is a Brooklyn based writer currently working on her first novel. Read more
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