CDC: More People Say They Are Wearing Masks


In particular, young people with ages 18 to 29 years old were seen to have a lack of adherence to protective measures, noted the CDC. More than 74,000 cases were also reported on Monday - still higher than the previous record in July of more than 73,000. But other recommended safety measures haven't kept pace.

The proportion of American adults wearing a mask rose from 78% in April to 89% in June National Representative Survey Published Tuesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

With the data available, it can be said that age was a strong predictor of public health behavior, said TIME.

Young adults might also be less likely to engage in mitigation behaviors because of "social, developmental, and practical factors", they say.

People aged 60 and over are more likely to comply with the recommendations, while those aged 18 to 29 are less likely.

While the CDC has suggested several preventive measures to help contain the spread of the coronavirus, including mask-wearing, US President Donald Trump and many members of his administration have repeatedly ignored its recommendations.

In that three-month interval, the youngest were the least to participate.

While there was an increasing trend, the trend is still worrisome as younger adults still landed far below respondents who are over 60.

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"Interesting data", Dr. Carlos del Rio, Professor of Global Health and Epidemiology at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University wrote in an email to NPR.

In the weekly report, the researchers said their data gave light to what needs to be addressed.

"These findings underscore the need to prioritise clear, targeted messaging and behaviour-modification interventions, especially for young adults", the report said.

Despite the lower risk that they will die of COVID-19, the infection still poses a significant risk to them. To use the workplace as an example, even if employees are only in the same space for a few minutes at a time, those relatively short events can cumulatively add up to more than 15 minutes and constitute a "close contact".

He told Yahoo Life that younger adults tend to be "most risk-tolerant" or more willing to put themselves in danger.

Sixty percent of adults under 30 said they'd backed out of pleasure activities due to the pandemic in May, a rate that fell slightly to 58.4 percent in June, when young people were driving up the summer spike in coronavirus cases to then-record setting highs in the 70,000-range.

"Although younger people are less likely to suffer the most serious complications of COVID-19, the infection can still be serious in some cases; and even those with mild cases or who are asymptomatic can spread the virus to older people, who are most vulnerable", CDC researchers said.