Masking the differences as England surges barefaced

Today’s infection rate in England, 44 400 with ten times the population, is almost twice pro rata that in Scotland, 2 400. It’s more than twice, pro rata in Wales at 4 200 with only 3 fifths of the population.

Against that background, making a connection with reduced mask wearing, BBC Health’s Daniel Kraemar tells us:

The proportion of people wearing masks has steadily declined.

Between 18 July and 3 October, the percentage of people in England, Scotland and Wales who said they had worn a face covering outside their home in the past seven days dropped nine percentage points, according to a survey by the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-58979626

Further down, they do mention:

In the most recent survey, 97% of people in Scotland and 90% of people in Wales said they had worn a mask outside their home in the previous week, compared to 85% in England.

For some reason, despite a team of wee researchers they missed these data:

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has been monitoring behaviour changes in terms of facemask wearing and social mixing.

Notably, for the week-ending 29 September 2021, with rates falling slightly or flat across the UK, they noted in their data:

Self-reported facemask wearing for those who have at least one non-home contact appears to have reduced below 70% in England, though this overall figure masks differences by age. Reported face-covering wearing has stabilised in the over 60s but continues to fall in younger age groups. The use of face-coverings has remained high in both Wales and Scotland (> 85% of participants), where use in certain social settings has remained mandatory.

https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2079.pdf

A week later infection levels begin to climb in England

Then for week-ending 6th October, they report:

There has been a sharp decline in reported use of facemasks in Wales this week, but this is likely due to a smaller sample size. We will continue to monitor this in the following weeks.

https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2081.pdf

And for week-ending 13th October, the latest, they report:

The decline in face mask usage in Wales noted last week persists at approximately 75%. Face mask usage in England amongst those 18 to 29 years old who have reported contacts outside of the household continues to decrease.

https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/reports/comix/Comix%20Weekly%20Report%2081.pdf

On October 16th, the infection rate in Wales surges and continues to climb in England.

Mask-wearing trends in Scotland and northern Ireland are not mentioned so stable. Rates flatten and appear to stabilise.

Health Warning: Other factors may apply.

Source: https://cmmid.github.io/topics/covid19/comix-reports.html

2 thoughts on “Masking the differences as England surges barefaced

  1. The UK the worst in Europe, all the way through this pandemic, and it hasnt changed. Boris and Starmer/Starmer and Boris–inter-changable dumplings!
    Favourite books?
    “Pandemics for Dummies” and ‘Dummies ‘R’ Us’.
    But hey, Starmer thinks Nikla is no better than Boris, no matter the ACTUAL EVIDENCE.
    Being an international lawyer, he goes with his Brit Nat gut feeling—egged on by his bias and lack of policy options for Scotland.
    So Scotland GUILTY as charged.

    He shares a car with Boris.
    His policies chime with Boris.
    He thinks FPTP is IDEAL.
    Boris and Keir have “behind the chair” discussions about keeping Scotland in chains.
    They both have puppets in Scotland.
    They are both poltroons of the First order, and history will judge them as LOSERS!

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  2. UK Government info on masks :
    They are not mandatory ( in England ) but people should be aware that the pandemic is not over so use their own judgement and wear one , but only if they feel that they need to , otherwise just be careful , but in crowded places with strangers it might be wise to mask-up but it’s your call , that’s why in Cabinet with 30+ people crowded around a table we feel comfortable without masks but if you were to do the same just recognise that it is your responsibility as the Government feels that this is a personal freedom matter , which is why , while relaxing the rules on mandatory measures we still feel that YOU should do what you feel to be the right thing even if others in your proximity do not feel that ANY protection measures are required .
    Fingers crossed !

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