WVU in the News: West Virginia University students partner with CDC for mask observation study

As universities started back this fall, coronavirus case numbers were sky-high in 18- to 29-year-olds. 

At West Virginia University, student researchers partnered with the CDC to see if masks played a role in those numbers.

“We have eight students, so four groups that pair up together and visit these locations twice a week for about an hour to make about 40 observations. Our goal each week is to make about 400 observations,” said Keith Zullig, a WVU professor.

Those locations are considered high-traffic areas and the student researchers are looking for mask or no mask. Then the next question, is the mask being worn the correct way? The study started at the beginning of the semester and the first few weeks of data are rolling in.

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