Spending large sums of money on items that will absolutely help prevent catching coronavirus is understandable, but dropping $4,000 on a mask that might keep a person safe feels like a dumb purchase.
An Indian businessman wearing such a mask is even admitting it’s an extravagant purchase, but he’s loving all of the attention.
“It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe,” Shankar Kurhade, 49, of Pune, told Agence France-Presse.
Face masks are mandatory in public places in India as the pandemic rips through the country. According to Johns Hopkins University data, the country had almost 700,000 confirmed cases with close to 20,000 deaths as of this morning.
Kurhade, the head of a company that makes industrial sheds, told the Indian Express that he “didn’t do it for publicity.” He also admitted that the mask “probably isn’t the best choice to fight off the virus.”
Especially because the increased attention has meant more contact with complete strangers.
“People are asking me for selfies,” he told the paper. “They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets.”
I’m no doctor but I’m going to take a guess and say that being around more people is a terrible way to avoid catching Covid-19.
Kurhade admits the best way to prevent getting the virus are social distancing and hand-washing. I’m assuming he’s still going to wear the mask because he didn’t drop four grand for a mask to just sit in his house.
At least Kurhade is smart enough to wear a mask at all, unlike the Arizona Karen ripping down Target mask displays because she’s “got a $40K Rolex and she can.”
[via NY Post]