New survey: 82% of Norwegians positive about using face masks

Face mask - busPhoto: Thomas Brun / NTB

82% of those surveyed now say that they are positive about the use of face masks, while only 9% are against it, according to the Norwegian Corona Monitor survey.

The rest of the respondents say that they are neither positive nor negative about using face masks.

“A historically low level of people is negative about using face masks win the current corona situation,” senior adviser Nora Clausen at Opinion noted.

Both this week and last week, 92% of respondents stated that they usually wear face masks in public places where it is difficult to keep a distance of one meter from others. As recently as October, 36% said the same, which was a record low.

“The use of face masks fell sharply after the reopening of Norway but is now back to a record high level,” Clausen said.

Powerful increase from October

The average figure for the whole of December shows that 80% of people are positive about face masks, an increase of 17% from November and 34% from October.

Within the framework of the Norwegian Corona Monitor survey, Opinion has asked 69,000 Norwegians whether they are positive or negative about wearing face masks in the country during the pandemic.

According to the survey, 58% of respondents now have confidence that the health authorities have implemented the necessary infection control measures to limit infection.

The figure applies to the last two weeks and is unusually low, according to Opinion. Nevertheless, it is 6% higher than in the two previous weeks.

Majority: Guidelines are not too strict

In the last week, 28% of respondents stated that they believe the authorities’ guidelines to limit corona are too strict. That is 2% higher than the week before.

Nevertheless, a majority – 57% – disagree that the guidelines are too strict.

29% now believe that the scope of corona measures in their municipality should be increased, while 15% say they should be reduced. A majority of 53% believe that the measures should remain as they are today.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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