Mask-wearing now goes beyond just protecting against COVID-19

The mask mandate was imposed in Singapore since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. It was not until late August 2022 when mask-wearing is no longer required in most indoor settings. Despite the easing of the mask mandate, many are still seen donning a mask, which points to the need to understand people’s perceptions and subsequent behaviour towards risks associated with COVID-19.

Shou Yiyun, Lead Scientist (Health and Lifestyle domain) and Jared Ng, Communications Manager, at the NUS Institute for Public Understanding of Risk discuss how our experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic can affect our risk tolerance, which could explain continued mask-wearing beyond protection from infection by acting as a psychological safety net.

Shou Yiyun is also Assistant Professor at the NUS Saw Swee Hock School of Public Health.

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