2021 Undergraduate Research Showcase

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Ellen Schafer


We are experiencing troubled times with the Coronavirus pandemic. There has been an incredible number of deaths across the world, with 1,963 deaths in Idaho as of April 01, 2021 (coronavirus.Idaho.gov, 2021). To curb the spread of disease, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have established recommendations for all Americans, including wearing a face-covering (over nose and mouth) in public and maintaining a physical distance of at least 6 feet between people (CDC, 2020). The research project focused on whether adults on campus at Boise State University were following social distancing protocols and wearing masks. Based on the observations, we can conclude that the majority of individuals on campus wear their masks correctly. Women are more likely to wear their masks correctly than men. Individuals that were wearing business attire are more likely to wear their masks correctly. These findings suggest that mask adherence is acceptable at this time. The university should continue its current level of efforts in encouraging the mask policy. A limitation of this study was that we focused on inside the buildings and not outside.



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