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Masking an Unfortunate Truth

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President Joe Biden has asked Americans to embrace mask-wearing for at least the first 100 days of his administration, an effort to stanch the spread of COVID-19. Many Americans say they are amenable and supportive, but that doesn't mean you'll see many of them actually wearing masks.

An online poll, conducted by the USC Dornsife Center for Economic and Social Research, found that a majority of Americans believe wearing masks is an effective way to protect themselves from COVID-19, but only half of those surveyed said they mostly or always wear a mask when they are within six feet of non-household persons.

White people were the least likely to mask up (46%), compared with Black people (67%), Latinos (63%) and people of other races (65%). One exception was at the grocery store. Of persons polled who shop at grocery stores, 90% said they always wear a mask.

Body of Knowledge

There are likely trillions of virus species in the world. A few hundred thousand are known; fewer than 7,000 have names.

Get Me That, Stat!

 

In March 2020, as the coronavirus pandemic was intensifying, Americans purchased 2 million guns, the busiest month for firearm sales since January 2013.

Mark Your Calendar

February is awareness month for heart health, age-related macular degeneration, prenatal infection prevention and children's dental health. Of course, it's good to be aware of these things the rest of the year, too.

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