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What Americans Think About A Coronavirus Vaccine And Wearing Masks

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BROOKVILLE, N.Y., Oct. 6, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Results of a breaking Long Island University Steven S. Hornstein Center for Policy, Polling and Analysis national poll on what Americans think about the coronavirus reveal that while there was uncertainty over taking a vaccine if it were available today, most respondents were confident that wearing masks reduces the spread of the virus.

Long Island University (PRNewsfoto/Long Island University)
Long Island University (PRNewsfoto/Long Island University)

MIXED CONFIDENCE IN POSSIBLE CORONAVIRUS VACCINE 
Americans were asked if they would agree to be vaccinated if an FDA approved coronavirus vaccine was available right now.  The result was a mixed response. Of the respondents, 38.2% said yes, 33.4% said no, and 28.4% said they didn’t know or gave no answer. Male respondents said yes at a higher rate (47%) than female respondents (31%).

THE MAJORITY OF AMERICANS (84%) ARE CONFIDENT THAT WEARING A MASK IN PUBLIC REDUCES THE SPREAD OF THE CORONAVIRUS
National poll results found that 84% of respondents said they believe that wearing a mask in public reduces the spread of the coronavirus, while 10% did not believe that wearing a mask in public makes a difference, and 6% said they were not sure.  Respondents with a household income above $100,000 showed confidence levels in masks at a higher rate (89%) than those with a household income below $100,000 (83%).

CONFIDENCE LEVEL OF WEARING MASKS IN PUBLIC TO REDUCE SPREAD OF CORONAVIRUS IS HIGHER IN NORTHEAST AND PACIFIC REGIONS; LOWER IN MIDWEST, SOUTH, AND MOUNTAIN REGIONS
Regional differences exist in Americans’ belief that wearing a mask in public reduces the spread of the coronavirus.  Respondents with the highest confidence level in wearing masks in public live in the Northeast (90%) and Pacific (89%) regions.  Respondents with lower confidence levels regarding wearing masks in public live in the Midwest (81%), South

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College football needs to get strict on mask wearing

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The NFL finally had a COVID-19 hiccup, postponing the Pittsburgh Steelers–Tennessee Titans game from Sunday until later next week. It’s the first game that has been impacted by the pandemic, as the result of at least nine people in the Titans organization testing positive for the virus.

In response, the league is upping the ante on its disciplinary measures for coaches who have ignored the in-game mask protocols. Six-figure fines previously had been doled out, but coaches can take that hit, so many of them chose to ignore the rules and not wear the masks. Now, per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the NFL has sent a memo to all franchises saying it will “address lack of compliance with accountability measures that may include … suspensions and/or forfeiture of draft picks.” (Titans coach Mike Vrabel has been notably out of mask compliance.)

Clearly, this is a league that is serious about enforcing the protocols it established in conjunction with medical experts.

In college football? Not so serious. There is no evidence that any conference currently playing really cares what anyone does on the sidelines.

At the college level, where 22 games have been postponed or canceled and some teams have played games without dozens of players, there are no known fines for noncompliance with mask rules. Not for coaches, and not for institutions. Perhaps that’s why the protocols established have been routinely ignored.

College football damn near didn’t have a season, basically pushing through misgivings and resistance by promising rigorous testing and following whatever guidelines were established. The teams would listen to the doctors and health experts—that’s what conference and school leaders said over and over, all summer.

Not everyone listened. Not by a long shot. Turn on just about any game Saturday and you’ll see as much, on vivid display. But