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MASCUP! Mask Surveillance & Adherence Project @ Stockton University

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Tara Lynn Crowell ,

Stockton University, US
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Tara L. Crowell, Ph.D. Professor of Public Health, Public Health Program & Internship Coordinator Stockton University Ph.D. (University of Oklahoma) Community Health Research, Interpersonal, Health & Instructional Communication, and Quantitative Research Methods and Statistics.
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Britny Dileo,

Stockton University, US
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Michaela Knoll,

Stockton University, US
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Amanda Maurer,

Stockton University, US
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Kelly Miller,

Stockton University, US
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Kimberly Nguyen

Stockton University, US
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Abstract

Stockton University was one of over 50 Colleges and Universities across the nation to participate in a study sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control to gauge compliance with mask wearing during the Spring 2021 semester. Five undergraduate Public Health students supervised by a Public Health Faculty member, observed mask wearing behaviors of individuals on campus over an 8-week period of time. Observations ranged from 40-90 minutes at various times of day and at 15 different locations on campus. During that time there were a total of 2,548 observations, of which 2,357 people were wearing masks. Of that group, 92.5%, were wearing the mask correctly. Other variables that were observed and recorded were type of mask and how masks were worn incorrectly along with possible explanations for this mistake. Results indicate the most common type of mask was cloth, with more than half (54%), while the most common mistake was not covering the nose. Although observers were unable to determine the exact reason, the following were observed for those not wearing masks from most to least: eating / drinking, then, outdoors / not within 6 ft of anyone, and finally exercise / playing a sport. Lastly, Stockton’s results are compared to all institutions that participated in the study.
How to Cite: Crowell, T.L., Dileo, B., Knoll, M., Maurer, A., Miller, K. and Nguyen, K., 2022. MASCUP! Mask Surveillance & Adherence Project @ Stockton University. International Journal of Undergraduate Research and Creative Activities, 14(1), pp.1–13. DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2168-0620.0368
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Published on 10 Aug 2022.
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