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Thailand scores highest for mask-wearing in survey of ASEAN nations

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A survey carried out by internet-based market research firm YouGov reveals that Thais are the most likely to wear face masks and to use hand sanitiser. Khaosod English reports that the survey examined the habits of citizens from 6 ASEAN member-states and found that 95% of Thais always wear a face mask in public.

(It’s currently still law to wear a face-mask in public as part of the emergency decree)

Vietnamese citizens were a close second at 94%, followed by the Philippines (93%), Malaysia (89%), and Indonesia (87%). Singapore came in last with just 66% of people saying they always wear a face mask in public. Those surveyed were chosen based on age, income, education level and gender to ensure a wide representation for each country.

Thailand scores highest for mask-wearing in survey of ASEAN nations | News by Thaiger

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The Covid-19 outbreak has led to more people wearing face masks, particularly in countries where it is now mandatory to do so while in public. While there was a degree of panic-buying of surgical masks in the early days of the pandemic, many Thai fashion brands are now producing their own, along with creative individuals who started making masks to alleviate the initial shortage.

The owner of the I’m Not A Morning Person fashion label, 28 year old Jarauyporn Khamwan started by using leftover material to make satin masks which she sold for 290 baht. She believes masks have the potential to become a fashion accessory, particularly if wearing them remains a permanent requirement.

Overall, the wearing of face masks is far more prevalent in Asian culture, although things are slowly changing in some Western countries as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Across the 6 ASEAN members surveyed, 86% of respondents say they always wear a face mask in public. By contrast, 48% of people in the US do, followed by 44% in France. In the UK, just 15% of respondents say they always wear a face mask when leaving home.

SOURCE: Khaosod English

 

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    Michael

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 12:13 pm

    How do they fare in the region when it comes to wearing helmets – more likely to die on a motorbike without a helmet than a mask

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    Phil

    Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 1:03 pm

    I would also debate the 95% mask-wearing compliance figure. From what I observe myself, I would say it is more like 75%-80%, certainly in Pattaya. I also think the 89% hand sanitizer use figure is miles off! There is no way that 89% of Thais use it. In any case, practice surveys like this should be based on observation. It has to be observed, not collated from an online survey, where people will say what they want you to know! The question itself, based on current rules, prompts the answers!

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    Michael Lewis

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 1:01 pm

    95% wear masks is fake data. Maybe a cheap survey carried out no further than the lift lobby of the companies offices in Bangkok. Try going up country and into the rural villages where at least 75% of the Thai population resides. You will be lucky tofind 5% of villages who wear mask at all times outdoors. Masks are worbin the provincial cities and towns other than that you will rarely see masks.

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    William

    Saturday, July 18, 2020 at 8:51 pm

    Phil, in my experience in Phayao, mask wearing in public is going down, but a few weeks ago, I would agree that it was 95 percent. Not now as people are assuming that there are no local infections.

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