The Institute for Social and Economic Research says that since the end of July, most respondents of its Anchorage surveys say they wear masks most of the time when they are not at home. The mask-wearing rate is 87%.
During the Oct. 21-23 survey, many respondents also said they:
- would support a modified or abbreviated “hunker down” order to curb increasing COVID-19 rates (62%)
- are willing to get the COVID-19 vaccine once it becomes available (70%)
- are not likely to travel outside Alaska for the holidays (over 90%)
- are not likely to attend/host a gathering for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year (over 60%)
The State of Alaska’s Department of Health and Human Services referenced findings of an ISER research team that support the benefits of isolation on slowing the coronavirus. In the September 2020 Tracer Analyses for the State of Alaska, researchers Katie Cueva, Lisa Bulkow and Elaina Milton calculate that 10 times fewer Alaskans will get COVID-19 if infected individuals isolate themselves within 6 days instead of 8 days.