Do Israelis prefer a disposable or reusable mask?

Some 3% of Israelis do not make sure to wear a mask when leaving the house.

Kleenex coronavirus mask  (photo credit: Courtesy)
Kleenex coronavirus mask
(photo credit: Courtesy)
A new survey conducted for Kleenex by the Roshink Institute in Israel reveals that 84% of Israelis use disposable masks, 14% use reusable cloth masks and 2% use advanced disposable masks like the N95.
Some 57% of people who use disposable masks change their mask every day, 26% change their mask only every two or three days and 10% change their mask only once a week.
Those who wear masks for four hours or more a day make sure to change the mask more often. In addition, 75% of people who wear masks at least four hours a day change it at least once a day, and 18% of them even go through at least two or three masks a day.
Despite the sentiment that the Israeli public is tired of the coronavirus era and pays less attention to guidelines, such as wearing a mask and social distancing, the survey results can be considered positive in the eyes of the Health Ministry.
Moreover, 78% of mask wearers report that they make sure to wear them every time they leave the house, 19% of Israelis make sure to wear a mask most of the time they leave the house, but admit that they sometimes go out without a mask. The other 3% do not make sure to wear a mask when leaving the house.
The survey also illustrates that of the mask users, 43% wear a mask at least four hours a day and 25% wear a mask more than seven hours a day.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry has been holding discussions recently on whether to recommend wearing only disposable masks. This is because a number of experts estimate that reusable masks do not help enough to reduce infection in light of the current virus mutations. A decision on the matter is expected to be reached soon.

Translated by Abigail Adler.