Shortage of surgical masks so Chinese citizens use fruit and bras

Chinese girl with plastic bottle. (PHOTO:Getty/Gallo Images)
Chinese girl with plastic bottle. (PHOTO:Getty/Gallo Images)

Desperation is the mother of invention.

A nationwide shortage of protective face masks has led people in China to resort to desperate measures to ward off the deadly coronavirus.

Frightened citizens have been spotted using plastic bottles as helmets and bras, plastic sheets, sanitary towels and even grapefruit as masks to protect themselves against the fatal infection, The Sun reports.

The virus has killed more than 200 people and infected at least 7 700 across 17 countries.

The inventive protective measures started appearing after Chinese health officials warned people not to reuse surgical masks. Videos surfaced showing some boiling the items and hanging them out to dry, according to the New York Post,

The masks should be discarded and replaced after four hours of use.

Cases of the infection have been reported in Canada, the United States, Germany, France and Australia.

Major airlines have suspended flights to China in a desperate attempt to stop the global spread of the coronavirus, reports the Daily Mail.

British Airways have cancelled all direct flights from London to Beijing and Shanghai, while United Airlines announced it would be cutting 24 flights to China.

Sources: The Sun, New York Post, Daily Mail


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