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The state most resistant to wearing masks for coronavirus protection? Arizona, study says

PHOENIX — Arizona is the most resistant state in the country when it comes to wearing masks, according to a recent study examining anti-mask activity online. 

The analysis conducted by Survival At Home, a survival and preparedness website, with direct access to what Twitter calls “tweet geospatial metadata,” or the location information that’s built into tweets and the profiles that post them. Survival At Home frequently posts this kind of ranked analysis using trends software on Twitter metadata.

Compiling over 150,000 geotagged Twitter posts that referenced popular hashtags like “#nomask,” “#burnyourmask,” “iwillnotcomply” and others, Survival At Home was able to produce a map of the hotspots for anti-mask sentiment.

“As you can see, there are pockets of anti-mask activity all across the US, however the upper northeast (outside of Maine) is the most pro-mask region,” said Ryan Taylor, a publicist for the marketing and brand firm Fresh Marketing. 

Taylor added

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Kevin Houston uses a bandana to cover his face on April 23, 2020, in Evanston, Illinois.
Kevin Houston uses a bandana to cover his face on April 23, 2020, in Evanston, Illinois.

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The science is clear: Face masks can prevent coronavirus transmission and save lives.

A preliminary analysis of 194 countries found that places where masks weren’t recommended saw a 55% weekly increase in coronavirus deaths per capita after their first case was reported, compared to 7% in countries with cultures or guidelines supporting mask-wearing. A model from the University of Washington also predicts that the US could prevent at least 45,000 coronavirus deaths by November if 95% of the population were to wear face masks in public. 

But not all masks confer equal levels of protection.

The ideal face mask blocks large respiratory droplets from coughs or sneezes — the primary method by which people pass the coronavirus to others — along with smaller airborne particles, called aerosols, produced

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