Desperate Chinese people were caught on camera using everything from plastic bottles to orange skin to bras in an attempt to protect themselves from the novel coronavirus.
As face masks are running low, residents have started resorting to creative techniques to decrease their chances of contracting the deadly virus.
In social media posts, people were seen wearing homemade plastic helmets, bras, plastic bags, and even fruits to cover their faces while in public.
While some people have mocked them for trying to stay safe in their own way, the people affected have little options as the authorities have trouble providing sufficient amounts of masks which can be used for a maximum of four hours per piece according to experts.
Those that managed to get their hands on the masks have been seen boiling them and drying them before using them again despite governments’ warnings.
In a recent turn of events, the World Health Organization has officially declared the deadly coronavirus outbreak a global health emergency following over 8,200 confirmed cases and more than 200 deaths worldwide.
According to the WHO, the “extraordinary event” represents a “public health emergency of international concern.”
The highest level of emergency was issued by the United Nations after the first case of person-to-person transmission outside China took place in Chicago where a sickly woman infected her husband.
“The main reason for this declaration is not for what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries,” WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus announced.
“Our greatest concern is for the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”
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