By thomas | May 20, 2009
In Japan, when people get even a little bit sick they wear a mask. If you ride the train everyday, you’re likely to see at least one person wearing a mask everyday.
If there’s a bug going around, some people will wear masks in an attempt to avoid getting sick.
If there’s a fear of some sort of epidemic, people will go to the drug stores and buy up all the masks.
Recently, Japan has been making a lot of noise about the swine flu. People are getting checked for flu symptoms at the airport. People are being quarantined. Schools are closing across Japan!!! And drug stores are running out of masks.
I happen to live in Hyogo, which is where the schools are closing. We must be out of masks, because I got this hilarious handout on my desk at work today (click to enlarge):
It’s easy to make your own mask using stuff lying around the house. All you need is gauze, tissue and rubber bands.
Step 1 – Prepare 1 piece of gauze, 1 tissue and 2 rubberbands.
Step 2 – Spread out your gauze (should be big enough to cover your face lengthwise [important detail!])
Step 3 – Fold your tissue in half and place it in the middle of the gauze.
Step 4 – Fold the top and bottom edges of the gauze down.
Step 5 – Tie the sides of your gauze up with the rubber bands
Step 6 – Mask complete!
I’ve read that masks have no effect in staving off swine flu. But they may make you feel safer, giving you a psychological edge in your war against sickness.
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