1.5million Brits don't own a face mask or covering

New research has found that 97% of Brits say they have a face mask, leaving 3%, or 1.5 million, who don’t own one. This is the lowest percentage of 15 major countries in the global study from finder.com.

South Africa is the country with the second-highest percentage of masks owned, but 1 in 10 (10%) still don’t own one here.

The country where residents are least likely to own a mask is Australia, where only 58% of the population currently own one.

In contrast to the UK, Americans are more than seven times less likely to own a mask, with over a fifth (22%) not owning a mask yet. In Ireland, around 1 in 6 (16%) Irish residents don’t own a mask currently.

The most popular type of mask in the UK is a plain cloth mask (57%), followed closely by the blue surgical masks, which is owned by half of the population (51%).

Following this is a ‘fashionable or branded mask’, which is owned by a quarter of Brits (25%), then it is homemade masks (22%), medical-grade masks (18%) and face shields (13%).

For Brits, a mask being reusable is the most important thing with almost two thirds (61%) saying they consider this when buying a mask.

The other top motivations for Brits when selecting a mask is safety and being able to breathe easily with 45% of respondents listing both of these options as one of their top priorities.

Georgia-Rose Johnson, shopping specialist at finder.com said: “Wearing a mask is an important part of controlling the virus so it is encouraging to see so many Brits leading the way. The fact that safety was one of the top reasons behind our mask choices also bodes well for us all.

“Masks are likely to be part of our daily lives for the foreseeable future, so choosing reusable masks is a sensible way to keep costs down and help the environment. Choosing a cloth will enable you to wear them multiple times and should provide a higher level of comfort”

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