White Surgical Masks

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Considerate of Others? Preventing Getting Sick?

Considerate of Others? Preventing Getting Sick?

As you walk down the streets of Japan, especially in busier cities like Tokyo and Osaka, you may encounter some people wearing white surgical masks. In fact, you may actually see quite a few people with these masks. Your first thought may be that they are sick, and you may be right. The Japanese often wear masks to be considerate of others when they are sick to prevent spreading germs to others. However, they actually may not be sick, and may just be preventing getting sick. Some people wear these masks in prevention because through the population density in these cities and use of public transportation, germs can easily be spread. Nowadays, rather than sticking with the white surgical masks, masks with designs are starting to become popular. Some may just have simple designs such as plaid or floral designs while others may have characters on them.

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