Saturday, May 23, 2009

Why does Japanese love the flu mask? – 日本人のマスク愛用癖

I saw more and more people wear flu masks last few days in Japan, which is a unique landscape in the winter under the normal condition, but now the reflection of their instinctive thought to stay away from the virus of swine flu. It may be interpreted as an action of Japanese faithfulness, or it reveals our paranoiac attitude for cleanliness. I myself feels that I’d better wear a mask when going out to the middle of town, but logically speaking it helps reducing the expansion when you’ve caught the virus but does very little to prevent yourself from catching it. The current social problem is that the masks do not reach those who essentially need them because of the fatal shortage.


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