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Understanding Mask-Wearing Intention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Presented by: Ms. Serwaa Karikari, Morgan State University

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    Hannah Finkelstein

    Please provide feedback on Understanding Mask-Wearing Intention During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    Mariea Hoy

    I like the idea of your study – it could be valuable for similar future situations.
    I think classifying individuals as “liberal” or “conservative” may not be the strongest predictor/descriptor of mask-wearing behavior. Other factors may be coming into play, for example – education level or profession. Where I live there is a high concentration of well-educated, STEM professionals, and conservatives (as in all three of these traits). We saw a very high level of mask-wearing in general and store-policy compliance.
    I think dichotomizing a variable such as political ideology is too simplistic to capture its nuances. Based on how you select your sample (i.e. self-identifies as liberal or conservative), you may get those who identify strongly with one side or another. The limited generalizability would hinder the contribution of your work to public policy. I would recommend assessing political ideology on a continuum and capture “moderates.” It’s possible to be fiscally conservative and socially liberal, so again – what are you really capturing by recruiting using these two terms?
    Further, I don’t think political ideology is at the core of “reasons to wear/not wear” as mask. I think there are stronger predictor variables.

    Serwaa Karikari

    Thank you for your feedback, Mariea. You raised a number of interesting points that we will definitely look into.

    Michael Basil

    I like your study and wish you luck with it. I am not as skeptical about the liberal-conservative factor as Marlea, based on what I have seen on protests and vaccine uptake across states. I think Trump politicized Covid and the categorization as a “flu” has stuck. The differences even appear up here in Canada where conservatives have been less likely to get vaccinated.

    Serwaa Karikari

    Thank you for your insights, Michael. Much appreciated.

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    Tyler Davidson

    And I loved covid time. No, of course it was horrible, in terms of people getting sick, but I loved being home all the time. I could stay home and have as much fun as I wanted.

    Robert Brown

    interesting info

    Sean Farell

    I haven’t changed much since the pandemic started. I’ve also been hanging out at home like you before. Particularly cool days were when I ordered that chocolate with magic mushrooms . Back then, I didn’t even need company to have fun and feel awesome.

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