Face mask compliance has improved in Chennai, says study | Chennai News


CHENNAI: Mask compliance has improved in Chennai, according to a study conducted by the National Institute of Epidemiology.
The study, done by Dr Prabhdeep Kaur and P Ganeshkumar of NIE, shows that mask compliance in slum areas had improved to 41% from 21% in March this year. Similarly, mask compliance in non-slum areas improved to 47% from 21% in March this year.
NIE studied 3,200 people outdoors and 1,280 individuals indoors from 64 streets selected at random in the city. The study said 38% of the slum and 25% of non-slum population did not wear any mask in outdoors.
Indoor mask compliance was 24% and 33% in slums and non-slums respectively. 39% of slum population and 34% of non-slum population did not wear masks outdoors.
The study stated that like in previous three rounds, the team randomly selected 64 streets: 32 streets each in the slum and non-slum areas of GCC. At each survey point, the researchers observed 50 consecutive individuals outdoors and 20 individuals in indoor places between July 8 and July 10.
Indoor public places included settings that were open for the public and did not have any entry restrictions (grocery shop, vegetable shop, pharmacy, religious places, apparel stores).
Outdoor public places were streets in the residential or commercial areas, markets, and bus stops, the study said.

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