Open-Air Mask Use Divides the Population, Says Datafolha

Research also shows that the majority believes that the pandemic is fully or partially controlled

São Paulo

The mandatory use of masks in open-air places divides the population at a time when the number of Covid-19 cases has dropped in Brazil. But the circulation of the omicron variant of the coronavirus and an epidemic of flu increase the concern with protective measures.

Datafolha research shows that, for 48% of respondents, the use of masks should be mandatory both in open-air and indoor places. Already 44% say that the accessory should only be required indoors. Another 8% think it should no longer be mandatory anywhere, and 1% say they don't know.

The survey was carried out between December 13th and 16th, with 3,666 interviews in 191 municipalities across the country. The margin of error is plus or minus two percentage points.

Flexibility in the use of masks became a pressing concern in Brazil with the advance of vaccination. Two-thirds of Brazilians have been completely immunized.

Translated by Kiratiana Freelon

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