Despite risk of severe Covid-19, mask-wearing inconsistent in people with underlying conditions

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Kseniya Ovchinnikova

New research published in JAMA Network Open found that although adults with risk factors for Covid-19 complications understood their higher risks, many were not consistent in wearing masks.

The study examined how well such adults understood their elevated risk of infection and how this affected their behaviour. 

The study surveyed 6 084 US adults. The participants were asked what they thought their chances were of "getting the coronavirus in the next three months", and if they got infected with the virus, what chance they thought they would have of being hospitalised for at least one night, and their chances of dying from it.

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