Coronavirus Outbreak: How people are improvising with unusual face masks

Updated: Apr 18, 2020, 10:09 | Sherlin Rajan
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    A man wearing an alternative mask poses for a photograph in the Ugandan city of Kampala.

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    A resident uses an improvised face shield made from a plastic water tank to protect him from the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic walks in his neighbourhood in Manila, capital city of the Philippines.

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    A Palestinian mother entertains her children with makeshift masks made of cabbage as she cooks in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip.

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    A man wearing a facemask and goggles stands along a street during government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measures against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outskirts of Srinagar, state capital of the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

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    A man poses with a handmade protective face mask, made out of a paper napkin, in Sceaux, south of Paris in France.

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    A man wears a face mask as a preventive measure against the spread of the new coronavirus, COVID-19 as he gets ready for a procession called ''The Chained'' in which residents chase and capture people dressed as Judas to chain and drag them along the streets as punishment for betraying Jesus Christ, as part of the activities of Holy Week, in Masatepe, 50 km south of Managua in Nicaragua.

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    A man wearing heart-shaped glasses with his face covered amid fears of the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, stands at market during a government-imposed nationwide lockdown as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus, in Chennai, state capital of the state of Tamil Nadu.

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    Brazilian fashion photographer Marcio Rodrigues wears a mask made with recyclable bottles, cans and boxes after over 20 days in which these garbage items were not collected because of the quarantine imposed to control the spread of the new coronavirus (COVID-19), in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

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    A man wearing a face mask and a plastic bag on his head rides a bicycle on a street in Wuhan, China's central Hubei province.

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    French leather creator Anissa Mekrabech, wearing the protective face mask she created for the deaf and the hearing-impaired people poses in Toulouse, southern France.

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    A Venezuelan migrant wears a plastic water bottle with a cutout to cover his face as he waits to be checked by health workers to rule out the novel coronavirus as part of his repatriation process in Cali, Colombia.

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    A woman wearing gloves and with her face and body covered against the spread of the novel coronavirus, walks a dog in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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    A woman wearing a home made protective mask walks in a street in Paris, France.

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    A woman wears a plastic water bottle to cover her face amid the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19 disease, in Montevideo, Uruguay.

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    A policeman wears gloves and a face mask depicting a skull as a preventive measure against the spread of coronavirus as he stands guard in a street of Tegucigalpa in Honduras.

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About The Gallery

Ever since reports of the coronavirus outbreak first surfaced in the media, masks have become a usual sight around the world. Apart from the surgical and N-95 masks, people are also using improvised version of face masks to protect themselves. Here's a look at some unusual face masks (Pictures/AFP)