Coronavirus: Almost nine in ten Austrians believe masks are here to stay

Coronavirus: Almost nine in ten Austrians believe masks are here to stay
Photo: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz with Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin. Olivier HOSLET / POOL / AFP
Will you continue to wear a mask if and when the pandemic ends?

Almost nine in ten Austrians (87 percent) said they expected mask wearing to remain common in the country even after the end of the pandemic, a new study has found. 

This is a 29 percent increase from when the study was last conducted, in May and June of 2020. 

The study, completed by the IMAS Institute, showed that the vast majority of Austrians (75 percent) believed that the pandemic would change everyday lives permanently. 

The study also found that few Austrians expect a swift economic recovery should the country emerge from the crisis.

Overall, 32 percent said a recovery would take place ini 2021, while 37 percent felt it would be 2022. 12 percent of Austrians believe the economy would not recover. 

Unsurprisingly, elderly respondents were most concerned about the health impacts of the pandemic, while younger respondents feared negative economic outcomes. 

Fear of pathogens and germs the new normal

Nine in ten said they believed people would become more sensitive to anyone who was visibly sick or coughing by the end of the pandemic.

Eight out of ten felt that the impacts would be so significant that traditional forms of greetings such as hugs and handshakes would be replaced permanently by other forms of greetings. 

Almost nine in ten (87 percent) felt that working from home would continue to be prevalent, while other aspects of the pandemic such as using video conferences would also remain common. 

 


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