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Men in Ireland are over 10% less likely to wear a mask in public than women

By Rory Cashin

September 22, 2020 at 9:40am

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The latest government survey also revealed that almost half of the population believes the worst of the coronavirus crisis is still ahead of us.

The Department of Health have published the figures from their latest public opinion survey regarding the coronavirus crisis in Ireland, and some of the highlights can be found below.

When asked if they were face masks in public places, 96% of women said yes, while only 85% of men said yes. This is a huge increase over the same question asked in August, when only 34% of women said yes and only 22% of men said yes.

Only 65% of women and 44% of men said that they strongly follow the recommendations put in place by the Department of Health and the HSE to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

When asked about other people following the government guidelines, those who were surveyed answered as follows:

  • 45% believe most people are following the guidelines
  • 36% believe it is about 50/50 of people following and not following the guidelines
  • 12% believe most people are not following the guidelines
  • 6% believe almost everybody is following the guidelines
  • 1% believe almost nobody is following the guidelines

47% believe that the worst of the pandemic virus is still ahead of us, 22% believe the worst is happening right now, and 17% believe it is behind us.

When asked if the government policies to help restrict the spread of coronavirus are going to far, 54% of people said they believe the policies are appropriate, 39% believe the policies don't go far enough, and 7% state that the policies have gone too far.

A question about emotional wellbeing during the coronavirus crisis was asked, with the following answers provided:

The full survey results can be found here.

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