This coronavirus protection is pure gold.
One Indian businessman is going viral after paying Rs 4,000 to make a face mask with precious metal.
“It’s a thin mask and it has small holes that help me breathe,” Shankar Kurhade, 49, of Pune, told Agence France-Presse.
“People wanted me to take selfies,” he said. “They are surprised when they see me wearing a gold mask in the market.”
Kurhad, whose company makes industrial sheds, Told the Indian Express That he “didn’t do it for publicity” – but said the mask is probably not the best choice for infectious fighting.
“I’m not sure if this will be effective in protecting me from coronavirus infection,” he told AFP, referring to the two-ounce mask.
The businessman said he was “taking other precautions.”
“It’s not a gold or cloth mask, but a social distance and hand washing will protect humans from the coronavirus,” he told the Indian Express.
India has made face masks compulsory in public places to control the epidemic. As of Monday morning, there are about 700,000 confirmed cases in the country with about 200,000 deaths Data from Johns Hopkins University.