While many keep it simple and wear standard white or teal masks, others have taken to wearing designer masks decorated with artwork including pig snouts, moustaches and geisha lips.
According to Bart Reuser, a spokesperson for designer Samira Boon who has a line of designer face masks, donning the daring cover ups makes dealing with the possible pandemic less stressful.
He says, Its not making fun, but a light way to deal with a serious situation. It also gives more expression to the face.
Reuser says the masks are especially popular with children and the Japanese, who are accustomed to wearing surgical masks when ill to protect others from their germs.
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