Results for week six of mask-use study at Auburn announced

Published: March 19, 2021

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Auburn University, in collaboration with the Alabama Department of Public Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is currently studying mask use on and around campus.

During the week of March 8-13, the study found 91% of individuals wore masks and of those 94% wore their mask correctly. The most common mask type observed during the week was cloth (61%), followed by surgical masks (32%).

Following a week of observations showing a decline in the percentage of individuals seen wearing a mask, researchers noted that both mask use and correct mask usage trended upward.

The researchers continue to urge individuals to not only wear a mask, but maintain proper mask usage. To wear a mask correctly, it must fit as snugly as possible to the face, covering the chin, mouth and nose up to the nose bridge. The mask should not be below the nose or worn at the tip of their nose. The mask should fit tightly against the face.

Over 60 colleges and universities across the country are participating in the study during the spring semester. Students trained as data collectors are observing people on campus and at off-campus sites frequented by students.

For questions regarding Auburn’s study, please contact Andrea Perkins at or Linda Gibson-Young at

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