A survey on 2,459 people, conducted by researchers from London's Middlesex University and the Mathematical Science Research Institute in Berkeley, California, has found that men are less likely to wear masks because they find it ‘weak’ and ‘uncool’. The study concluded that men associated the face covering as being 'shameful'. The study comes at a time when research indicates that men are more at risk to get infected by Covid-19. The study says men are also more likely to believe that they will not be impacted by the virus. The survey posits that age and gender play a role in compliance with wearing masks. Research conducted during the earlier SARS outbreak and the 2009 H1N1 epidemic, showed that women were more likely to wear masks as a precaution.