The famous saying goes “better safe than sorry”. Nowadays, the expression seems to be quite to the point, as the world is alarmed over the outbreak of coronavirus in China, prompting more and more people to purchase one particular medical item – surgical masks.
Tourists around the world are taking a more conscientious approach to their travel with an increasing number of voyagers opting to use a face mask in major tourist destinations to fend off the spread of viral diseases. The World Health Organisation recently declared a global health emergency over the outbreak of coronavirus.
Many tourists keep their masks on all the time, including when taking a selfie, resulting in social media being inundated with pictures of masked travellers against the backdrop of famous sights in various spots around the planet.
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A tourist wearing a mask takes a selfie in front of Rome's ancient Colosseum, Saturday, 1 Feb. 2020. Italy banned all flights coming from and going to China as European countries have stepped up their response to the new virus that has sickened thousands of people in China and reached 19 other countries. Italy has reported two cases.
A woman wearing a protective mask walks outside a church in Mandaluyong, east of Manila, Philippines on Sunday, 2 Feb. 2020. The Philippines on Sunday reported the first death of the new virus outside of China, where authorities delayed the opening of schools in the worst-hit province and tightened quarantine measures in another that allow only one family member to venture out to buy supplies.
In this Thursday, 30 Jan. 2020 photo, a Chinese woman wearing a protective face mask walks beneath the world's tallest tower, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates. The World Health Organisation declared the outbreak sparked by a new virus in China that has been exported to more than a dozen countries a global emergency on Thursday after the number of cases spiked tenfold in a week.
A tourist wearing a mask pauses for photos with the Olympic rings in the background Wednesday, 29 Jan. 2020, in the Odaiba district of Tokyo. Japanese officials say four evacuees on a flight from the Chinese city of Wuhan have a cough and fever. The Tokyo Metropolitan Government confirmed their condition after the flight of 206 evacuees arrived in the city.