Global news on the use of masks during COVID-19

Doctors and professionals from around the world share messages about the value and advantages of using a mask.

Dr Alfred Wong Yam Hong - Cardiologist at Tuen Mun Hospital in Hong Kong

22 March 2020

Speaking to DW News, Dr Alfred Hong shares the importance of ‘universal masking’ as Hong Kong experiences their second wave of COVID-19. 

“Everyone is talking about hand hygiene. That is, of course, one of the most important things. And secondly, the practice here in Hong Kong is what we call universal masking. We wear masks whether we feel unwell or not. The virus has a rather long incubation period and the manifestation of being infected by this virus is of a big variety.”

Watch the full video here.

#Masks4All Campaign - Professionals from the Czech Republic

March 2020

A group of medical professionals from the Czech Republic have combined their efforts to share a message to the world about the importance of wearing a face mask. They explain how doing so has helped slow down the spread in the Czech Republic.

“Based on recent data, we know that population-wide use of masks is essential for the suppression of the outbreak.” Vojtech Petracek, Particle Physicist, President of the Czech Technical University. 

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Jeremy Howard, Co-Founder of Fast AI

25 March 2020

Commenting on the Czech’s #Masks4All initiative, Jeremy Howard is joined by Rachel Thomas as they dive into the value of masks during the global crisis. 

“In S Korea, Japan, and Taiwan, there is no lock-down. Yet COVID-19 is being controlled in these countries. How has this happened? One of the key reasons is that mask-wearing in public is ubiquitous and socially expected.”

Watch the full video here.

    ABC News

    31 March 2020

    Australian ABC News discusses the COVID-19 experience in Singapore, documenting the importance of personal responsibility to protect yourself and protect others.

    Singapore is considered a success story in the first wave of infection, they are now facing a second wave of imported infection.

    Watch the video clip here.

    Informative and Interesting Pieces

    The following are informative and interesting pieces about mask-wearing, the cultural difference in mask acceptance, making masks, wearing masks, and what’s happening in other countries.

    Fox News Channel

    28 March 2020

    A US pillow manufacturer has turned his factory from pillow production to face mask production. The “MyPillow” founder shifts 75 percent of production to face masks as the coronavirus crisis strains supply of personal protective equipment.

    Watch the video here.

    South China Morning Post

    31 March 2020

    This is an interesting biographical piece that talks about the cultural differences around wearing masks. 

    “Anyone who has been following closely the development of the pandemic would not fail to have noticed different scenes in the West and the East.”

    Read the full article here.

    Q2Han - Korean Vloggers

    26 March 2020

    The pair of Korean vloggers share insight about mask use and the purchase of masks in Korea. They share how one can only buy two masks per person a week and the disposable types cost $1.22 (R22.82) each. They also take the viewer along when they go out to purchase masks.

    Watch the video here (8:28 to 13:34).

    Time Magazine (Online)

    12 March 2020

    An exploration of how cultural differences can impact the reception of choosing to wear masks. Particularly, why wearing a face mask is encouraged in Asia but shunned in the U.S.

    “While wearing a mask has become the norm in many places in Asia, the mask frenzy has hit nowhere as hard as Hong Kong. At the height of COVID-19 panic, residents lined up overnight outside drugstores to buy face masks. South Korea, Singapore and Japan have distributed face masks to residents. Taiwan and Thailand have banned the export of masks to meet soaring local demand.

    Yet, in the U.S., wearing a face mask when healthy has become discouraged to the point of becoming socially unacceptable. The U.S. government, in line with World Health Organization recommendations, says only those who are sick, or their caregivers, should wear masks.”

    View the article here. 

    Read more on the topic, presented by BBC, here.

    Patrick Poon (Online)

    2 March 2020

    This is a clip about how to sterilize your used single use paper/polypropylene masks. The narrator Patrick Poon is a HK product designer. 

    View the clip here