VIDEO: UND students study use of face coverings

Field observations in Grand Forks by students found increased use over time, importance of leadership

A group of UND students and faculty are researching face-covering usage during the COVID-19 pandemic. The research group has found through observation, surveys and interviews that mask usage has increased over time, and that leadership is important in shaping public policy and behavior.

Students participating in the research project include those from Social Work and Public Health Education. They teamed with Hugo’s Family Marketplace and the Grand Forks Public Health office for the study.

Observations were done from June 22 to July 28. Survey and interview data are still being completed through the year as the novel coronavirus pandemic continues.

The students noted that doing real-time research with hands-on learning is preparing them for careers in their field after graduation.