CDC Guideline Study Shows Masking Up, Handwashing & Social Distancing Down
by Joe Johnson, on November 5,2020
Recent studies conducted by the CDC have shown that more Americans are wearing masks in an effort to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. But even though more people are masking up, social distancing and handwashing are on the decline. While masking is helpful, it’s essential to follow each of the recommended mitigation behaviors in the CDC guidelines.
What do CDC guidelines recommend?
- Wearing a facemask
- Washing hands frequently
- Keep 6 feet distance
- Cancel/postpone pleasure, social, or recreational activities
- Avoid public or crowded places
- Avoid some or all restaurants
How well are Americans following mitigation behaviors and CDC guidelines?
The CDC study asked 6,475 individuals across a variety of age groups, races, and socio-economic backgrounds about behaviors they were taking part in to help contain the coronavirus causing the disease COVID-19. See the chart below comparing behaviors between April and June:
|Wear a Facemask||78.1%||82.9%||88.7%|
|Wash or sanitize hands||93.1%||91.3%||89.3%|
|Keep 6-foot distance||87.4%||86.0%||82.2%|
|Cancel or postpone recreational activities||69.8%||67.8%||63.1%|
|Avoid some or all restaurants||71.9%||70.5%||70.6%|
|Avoid public and crowded places||80.5%||77.0%||75.3%|
The studies show a decline in compliance with CDC guidelines designed to stop the spread of COVID-19 in every category except for masking. As mentioned previously, just following one COVID-19 mitigation behavior is not enough to stop this highly contagious disease. It’s time to reinforce the declining behaviors through education and leadership. Remind your peers of the importance their actions have on both their own personal health and safety and everyone they interact with. Additionally, leading by example is an incredibly powerful way to change behavior. Make sure you are following as many of the CDC guidelines so we can aid in the containment of the COVID-19 pandemic.
When you look closer at the data gathered you find the majority of the noncompliance is coming from the 18-29 age cohort. On the other end of the spectrum, individuals aged 60 or older are taking the mitigation behaviors recommended in CDC guidelines very seriously. This information allows for improved targeting when messaging to 18-29-year-olds. It’s crucial we successfully communicate the importance of COVID-19 mitigation behaviors to this younger generation!
At Meritech we have developed a number of resources to assist in the education of proper hygiene and mitigation practices. Check out our resource center that is packed with information about human hygiene. Also, be sure to take a look at our handwashing day kit which has all the tools you need to run a hygiene safety day.