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Are FFP2 masks more protective than surgical masks?

Leonardo Saulle - January 20, 2022
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Are FFP2 masks more protective than surgical masks?

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Research goal: what did we investigate?

We asked a representative sample of the Italian population "Do you think that FFP2 masks are more/equally/less protective than normal surgical masks against COVID?". The research was conducted on a representative sample of the Italian population (1,000 people) aged 18-64 years. 50.1% were women and 49.9% were men.

The FFP2 mask is more protective than the surgical mask.

Is the FFP2 mask more protective than the standard surgical mask?

Nearly 8 out of 10 Italians (79%) think that the FFP2 mask is more protective than the surgical mask. On the other hand, 2 Italians out of 10 consider it equally or less protective.

Gender differences

As seen in the second chart, there are significant differences between men and women (28% and 14% respectively): more men than women think the FFP2 mask is equally or less protective than the surgical mask.

Are surgica masks useful?

Men aged 18-24 and 55-64 years think to a greater extent that the FFP2 mask is equally or less protective then the surgical mask (32% and 35% respectively). On the other hand, men between the ages of 25 and 54 are more likely than other age groups to think that the FFP2 mask is more protective.

FFP2 mask: gender differences

Women aged 18-34 years and 55-64 years report to a greater extent that the FFP2 mask is equally or less protective than the surgical mask (18%, 16%, and 21%, respectively). On the other hand, women between the ages of 35 and 54 are more likely than other age groups to say that the FFP2 mask is more protective.

Gender differences

When comparing men and women by age group, the following data stands out: in every age group more men than women believe that FFP2 is equally or less protective than the standard surgical mask.

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