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A Study of Barriers to the Wearing of Face Masks by Adults in the US to Prevent the Spread of Influenza


Abstract In the United States, seasonal influenza is responsible for enormous medical costs and lost earnings as well as thousands of deaths. Medical masks are effective non-pharmaceutical preventions for minimizing the spread of illness in the event of an influenza outbreak. However, people in the United States rarely wear face masks the way many people in Asian countries do.

In a previous study of public response to the 2009 influenza A H1N1 pandemic, 71% of United States respondents supported the recommendation to wear a mask during the flu outbreak, while only 8% of respondents reported they wore a mask in public to protect themselves from getting sick. What are the factors that cause this gap? The purpose of this exploratory study is to ident... (more)
Created Date 2018
Contributor Hung, Yu-Wen (Author) / Herring, Donald (Advisor) / Velasquez, Joseph (Committee member) / Lamb, Gerri (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Design / Public health / Barriers / Face masks / United States / User Experience
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 112 pages
Language English
Copyright
Note Masters Thesis Design 2018
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS


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