Women are better at wearing face masks and maintaining other COVID safety protocols: Study

October 10, 2020

    Are men or women better at adhering to safety precautions amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic?

    According to a new study by researchers at New York University and Yale University, women are more likely to wear face masks, wash their hands and socially distance themselves from others in order to stop the spread of COVID-19, reported CNN.

    The study, published in the journal Behavioral Science & Policy, surveyed 800 individuals and found that females were more likely than males to stay at home, keep a safe distance and not mingle with as many people.

    To see how good people were at wearing face masks, researchers monitored pedestrians in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey and found that 55% of women wore masks properly, as opposed to 38% of men.

    Another aspect of the study used GPS data from 15 million smartphones to track the movements of the wider population. The data found that areas with larger male populations showed less instances of social distancing.

    Researchers were not surprised that the findings demonstrated that women were better at maintaining the recommended health strategies.

    "Previous research before the pandemic shows that women had been visiting doctors more frequently in their daily lives and following their recommendations more so than men," said the study’s lead author Irmak Olcaysoy Okten, a postdoctoral researcher in New York University's Department of Psychology.

    "They also pay more attention to the health-related needs of others," Okten added. "So it's not surprising that these tendencies would translate into greater efforts on behalf of women to prevent the spread of the pandemic."

    Get it together, fellas!

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