Americans are broadly supportive of public health recommendations to layer face masks as new variants of the coronavirus spread throughout the country, a new Harris poll found—but a much smaller share are actually following the guidelines and double-masking themselves.
The poll of 1,984 U.S. adults between Feb. 12 and 14 found 61% of respondents “strongly” or “somewhat” support double-masking as a concept.
Though they think it’s a good idea, 40% said they’re still not double-masking “right now,” as compared with 32% who believe “everyone” should be layering masks and 28% who say the practice is “going too far.”
Only 43% of respondents said they’re double-masking always or most of the time, and 39% say they never do.
A majority are upgrading their masks in some way, though: 57% say they’re either wearing two masks or medical masks, which offer higher protection than cloth masks.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed its mask guidancerecently to recommend that people either wear a cloth mask with multiple fabric layers or layer a disposable mask underneath a cloth mask.