Friday, October 9, 2009

Will Miss #56 - surgical masks

Despite how long I've lived here, I continue to be amused by the large numbers of people wearing surgical masks. The weave on the masks is too loose to keep out most viruses and doesn't do anything to protect people from catching the flu or colds. Though it will protect cold and flu sufferers from transmitting their diseases, most people aren't aware they're sick until they're symptomatic and past the contagious stage so it's like closing the barn door after the horse is long gone. The masks do help with pollen in the hayfever season, but you see many people wear them when there's a flu scare or the weather gets cold.

I'll miss seeing people pointlessly donning surgical masks.

1 comment:

  1. I can't stand this. Especially when it's someone that I have to speak with on a fairly intimate basis. Imagine talking to a doctor our a counselor when they're wearing one of these monstrosities. As if the Japanese repetoire of facial expressions wasn't difficult enough to interpret already, just cover it up and make it impossible.


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