- A survey carried out by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council has produced some interesting results
- It revealed that 33% of South Africans do not wear a mask when leaving the house
- Masks have been proven to be effective in reducing the spread of Covid-19
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A survey carried out by the University of Johannesburg and the Human Sciences Research Council has revealed that one in three South Africans don't use a mask when heading out.
This is despite the widespread scientific evidence which supports the use of masks as a method for reducing the spread of Covid-19 and helping to prevent infections according to ENCA.
Doctor Stephen Rule has said that people are claiming that wearing masks is becoming too tedious:
"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.
The survey was carried out between April and September this year in a series of stages. It was conducted using the Moya Messenger app and included the input from 8 000 individuals according to Cape Town Etc.
The results of the survey are in line with other countries which reflect similar statistics showing the frequency of wearing masks.
Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that President Cyril Ramaphosa has addressed African nations as the chairperson African Union, warning against a second wave in Covid-19 cases.
Ramaphosa urged countries to avoid a surge of infections which could necessitate a more strict lockdown:
“The pandemic has shown a great deal of resilience and countries that have experienced a decline in infections have also encountered surges in infections, which has made them revisit the lockdown measures.
In other news, Professor Salim Abdool Karim has weighed in on suspicions that cases in South Africa are on the rise.
The co-director of the ministerial advisory council highlighted three provinces as the main contributors to the spike.
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