Japanese Get Creative in Face of Mask Shortages

Image: Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department / Twitter

TOKYO (Kyodo) — Desperate to protect themselves against the coronavirus that is sweeping parts of the planet, but unable to buy face masks due to shortages, people in Japan are going to unusual lengths with DIY solutions.

While fearful Chinese people are forced into some extreme, if strange, measures such as using fruit skins, plastic bottles, sanitary pads, and even bras as makeshift face masks, many Japanese are coming up with ingenious solutions of their own.


Top: Metropolitan Police Department tweet in 2017 on how to make a face mask from kitchen paper


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