As we’re well into the crisis now, health experts are warning us to protect ourselves at all costs. But some people have taken the warning a little too literally. It turns out, there’s virtually nothing some of us wouldn’t do (or wear) in order to keep the virus at bay. As a result, DIY-at-home protective gear has now been spotted all around the aisle runways.

Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the coronapocalyptic look, which is both a fashion statement and a major faux pas. But the people sporting it couldn’t care less. Kitchen sponges, diving masks, and full-length tarpaulin suits—you name it, they wear it. Seemingly immune to strange looks, these shoppers are better safe than sorry. Except the safe part of the statement remains open to question.

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A Stranger Took A Picture Of Me Wearing The Proper PPE For A Trip To Walmart For Just The Essentials

A Stranger Took A Picture Of Me Wearing The Proper PPE For A Trip To Walmart For Just The Essentials

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MagicalUnicorn
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5 months ago

seems you already have case of corona

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Remember, It Has To Be With Wings

Remember, It Has To Be With Wings

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Colin L
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5 months ago

You win the internet today sir... I'm without words.

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#3

Quarantine Fun With Mom! Only Masks Available On-Line

Quarantine Fun With Mom! Only Masks Available On-Line

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Adam C
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5 months ago

Granny is awesome!

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As bizarre as some of the DIY protection examples may look, the idea itself is not completely irrational. We now know that the world is running out of face masks for the front-line medical workers. And that’s why experts advise against buying them.

The surgeon general Jerome M. Adams has tweeted: “seriously people—stop buying face masks!” Jerome claims that they’re ineffective in preventing the general public from catching the virus. His point is still a subject of debate and experts tend to have opposing views. One is clear—when leaving the medical-grade masks to professionals only, we are no longer contributing to the shortage of supplies.

#4

When My Daughter Has No Face Mask To Go Outside But Says "Don't Worry Dad, I Got This!"

When My Daughter Has No Face Mask To Go Outside But Says "Don't Worry Dad, I Got This!"

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rai mei
Community Member
5 months ago

really like the dog's expression! can be an actor :)

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#5

As Seen In A Supermarket In Quebec

As Seen In A Supermarket In Quebec

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Colin L
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5 months ago

I may end up with a Covid-19 kink if I'm not careful.

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This Guy Didn't Have A Mask, So He Came To The Orthopedist As A Polar Bear

This Guy Didn't Have A Mask, So He Came To The Orthopedist As A Polar Bear

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teeshy hedding
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5 months ago

the worlds gone mad, lol

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In an interview with Bored Panda, Anna Davies, who’s a research microbiologist at the University of Cambridge, explained that without testing, it’s impossible to say which DIY protection works and which doesn’t. “Without it, we just don’t know.”

However, some home-made protection may be better than others. For example, Anna is worried about a plastic bag because of the risk of suffocation. But the snorkel mask is not such a bad idea after all. “I can imagine a snorkel mask providing good barrier protection, but it can’t be very comfortable.”

#7

Now I Can't Touch My Face

Now I Can't Touch My Face

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Colin L
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5 months ago

Cone of shame!

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#8

Protected

Protected

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Anita Maes
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5 months ago

Fun intended!

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#9

Corona Protection

Corona Protection

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Rose the Cook
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5 months ago

Surely this is the wittiest.

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Anna told us that it’s possible to make a mask at home but it wouldn’t be as good as a commercial one. But wearing a mask only isn’t enough to protect yourself. “It certainly wouldn’t be a replacement to social distancing/isolation and hand hygiene.”

The debate over whether protective masks do help to protect wearers from the virus is still on. According to Davies, “Used properly, it may help to lower overall risk of transmission,” but she adds that “there’s very little evidence for that.” Masks are most appropriate for individuals who are symptomatic. “It may lower (but not remove) the risk of transmission."

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Covid Drip

Covid Drip

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Low level chemical warfare. Anyway, I've read that some patients lost their ability to smell. If you can hear the fart but not smell it, you should get tested.

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You Always Gotta Be Careful When Going To Supermarkets, Especially With COVID-19 Right Now

You Always Gotta Be Careful When Going To Supermarkets, Especially With COVID-19 Right Now

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
5 months ago

This might not protect them from the Coronavirus, but they are well equipped to fight for toilet paper.

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#12

Plague Doctor With Garlic Is Here

Plague Doctor With Garlic Is Here

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Laura Gritsons
Community Member
5 months ago

i- yes.

Sad
Community Member
5 months ago

Yes.

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
5 months ago

"Let's see now... was it Virus or Vampire ? Better be safe than sorry" "And yes, it also protects my virginity !"

Nancy Doughty
Community Member
5 months ago

Spy vs Spy

Marge Flanders
Community Member
5 months ago

Spy v spy from mad magazine out for noms

Jim Kang
Community Member
5 months ago

The irony in a "mask" like this one is it keeps your carbon dioxide next to your face so it triggers a response, increasing your respiratory rate. So in essence, he is not filtering anything harmful. He is increasing the volume of air he's breathing, and the amount of potential contagions

Full Name
Community Member
5 months ago

Normally I'd say "Lighten up. Stop being a pedantic asshole" but you really do make a good point here, haha.

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athornedrose
Community Member
5 months ago

the garlic is what really completes the look

Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

He got some balls.

Dutch VanZandt
Community Member
5 months ago

I wonder if there's a Heckle to go with this Jeckle?

kate h
Community Member
5 months ago

Spy vs Spy!

Alex Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

Gotta give him credit —He brought his own shopping bag, he’s recycling newspaper and elastic bands— all while ensuring a fitted profile with his je ne sais quoi double wrap belt.

maya P.K
Community Member
5 months ago

that woman in the backround though

StrawberryParfait
Community Member
5 months ago

The nosegay is supposed to go inside the mask.

Alex Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

That would be a nosesad. A nosegay would’ve been in there!

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nonmom
Community Member
5 months ago

this makes me laugh because my boyfriend has a plague doctor mask and always puts it on when we facetime to mess with me bc he knows i hate the look of it lmao

Death Metal Kitty
Community Member
5 months ago

Anyone else see Adam Maitland?

Ani Archeron
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm curious, what the laws are like right now regarding baggage searches and theft prevention in stores - because what if people were smuggling things into their PPE? I'm guessing that theft is considered the lesser of two evils ...

Eamon McClelland
Community Member
5 months ago

I'm thinking that this is just pure genius

Al Reilly
Community Member
5 months ago

Nice touch with the garlic

Celtic Pirate Queen
Community Member
5 months ago

Um ~

Kate Donohue
Community Member
5 months ago

MAD Spy vs. Spy!

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
5 months ago

Love the addition of the garlic!

Victoria Valenzuela
Community Member
5 months ago

I jus love the human racr😷🙏🏼

Kerry Ericksson
Community Member
5 months ago

Funniest one out of all of them

Patty Stier
Community Member
5 months ago

Kind of reminds me of a face I saw on the movie 'Beetlejuice'! Or was it Pinocchio? Could be either one! 🤪

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
5 months ago

Once upon a midnight dreary, those were actually a thing!

CharliAnn Olney
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone "nose" his history!

MoodyBlue
Community Member
5 months ago

Sure is good against vampires.

S
Community Member
5 months ago

This is usually how they rob the place...

Tris Prior
Community Member
5 months ago

It reminds of the guy from bettlejuice when he stretched his face.

Johanne Trudeau
Community Member
5 months ago

He wants to make sure he wards off everything, even vampires...

no one cares about you
Community Member
5 months ago

Hope it rains!

AJu
Community Member
5 months ago

This is PRISMA supermarket in Estonia, this photo went through the local media first day of governmental "special measures" :)

Kala Subramaniam
Community Member
5 months ago

its virus, not vampire..

Lily Bussan
Community Member
5 months ago

Garlic? You protecting yourself form corona or vampires?

Zoe Drake
Community Member
5 months ago

And this is a great example of what they thought back in black plague times that a pocket full of poses and doctors wearing this kind of mask would keep the plague away-SPOILER ALERT-it didn't!!!! Still L-M-A-O as this attempt!

Johanna Levien
Community Member
5 months ago

That is actually pretty darn imaginative... good seal around the head and face, creative design, great entertainment value. A solid A for effort!?

Ethel Newlin
Community Member
5 months ago

My mom always said to put garlic in everything except Jello

Jessica Sherman
Community Member
5 months ago

Thank you for buying the newspaper!!

Jackie Taylor
Community Member
5 months ago

they are thinking a little out of the box ya think

jevais
Community Member
5 months ago

It didn't work against the black plague.

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But in times of crisis, it’s better to be safe than sorry. For those of us who couldn’t get their hands on protective masks, the internet has a solution—make your own. Of course, they’re not even close to being as effective as surgical masks, this study run on an influenza pandemic showed.

The New York Times has made a step by step guide to sewing a face mask from common household materials. All you need is a needle, scissors, 100% cotton fabric, and 4 strips of the same fabric (or shoelaces). But remember that wearing it correctly is as important as the mask itself. Make sure that air can’t get through the sides. Don’t forget to remove it after it gets moist and clean it (if it’s reusable) or discard it safely.

#13

When You Care About Your Health But Also Don’t Care About Your Health

When You Care About Your Health But Also Don’t Care About Your Health

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athornedrose
Community Member
5 months ago

dude, you could catch your mask on fire!

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#14

How To Date On Quarantine

How To Date On Quarantine

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lailyfnoor
Community Member
5 months ago

Poor IQ - it took me a while qustioning what's uraqt. Then I realized it means you are a cutie

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#15

Who Needs Face Masks, Or Hand Sanitizer When You Can Have Beskar Armour To Protect Against Corona?

Who Needs Face Masks, Or Hand Sanitizer When You Can Have Beskar Armour To Protect Against Corona?

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Laura Gritsons
Community Member
5 months ago

do you guys remember when baby yoda was the biggest thing in the news- wow. how times have changed in literally 2 weeks.

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#16

Mask Shortage Improvisation

Mask Shortage Improvisation

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rai mei
Community Member
5 months ago

nice badonkadonk 😉

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#17

Corona Virus Becomes Human

Corona Virus Becomes Human

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lailyfnoor
Community Member
5 months ago

Fool proofing our social distance

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#18

How To Protect Your Car From The Coronavirus

How To Protect Your Car From The Coronavirus

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Adam C
Community Member
5 months ago

Overheated engine after 10 minutes.

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#19

Shopping For The Plague

Shopping For The Plague

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
5 months ago

But at least they're stylish

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#20

Not Getting The Coronavirus. Spotted In The Atlanta Airport

Not Getting The Coronavirus. Spotted In The Atlanta Airport

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🐼NaeNae🐼
Community Member
5 months ago

Ofcouse, to match with the all plastic gear, HIGH HEELS!

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#21

This Woman Who Came Into Our Restaurant Said This Is The Only Protective Mask She Could Find

This Woman Who Came Into Our Restaurant Said This Is The Only Protective Mask She Could Find

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

Those masks have terrible vision... so.... bitches be trippin. (I'll go away now)

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#22

No Masks, No Problem

No Masks, No Problem

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Susan
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok, it's hard to cheer me up right now, but you made me laugh.

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#23

Coronavirus Protection?

Coronavirus Protection?

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Nidia Garcia
Community Member
5 months ago

Stylin 👀👀🍞

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#24

This Is Going Way Too Far

This Is Going Way Too Far

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Dee Hunter
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5 months ago

Did anyone tell them dogs can't contract it?

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#25

Meanwhile In Georgia

Meanwhile In Georgia

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N G
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5 months ago

Is he a Lego man?

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#26

I Understand The Fear Of Coronavirus, But What Is That?

I Understand The Fear Of Coronavirus, But What Is That?

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Colin L
Community Member
5 months ago

Homemade body condoms, when there just isn't enough protection in the world!

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#27

Gotta Stay Stylish

Gotta Stay Stylish

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varwenea
Community Member
5 months ago

Bedazzled!

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#28

Mr. Ghost

Mr. Ghost

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Zelda Blue
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5 months ago

Luke, I am your father Hefty Vader.

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#29

Next

Next

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Bill
Community Member
5 months ago

If anyone wants to get into bank robbery now is the time

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#30

Protection In Russia

Protection In Russia

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Draco Malfoy
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The top looks like his nose.

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#31

Italians Dealing With Lack Of Face Masks

Italians Dealing With Lack Of Face Masks

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Dynein
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5 months ago

I like the little bit of cloth placed over the end of the snorkel.

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#32

Improvise, Adapt And Overcome

Improvise, Adapt And Overcome

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Bill
Community Member
5 months ago

That has a quarter of the membrane of an OEM airfilter

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#33

Who Had The Good Idea To Pull Out The Soviet Asbestos Masks?

Who Had The Good Idea To Pull Out The Soviet Asbestos Masks?

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Ryyde Cade
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5 months ago

Are you my mummy? (Dr Who)

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#34

Facemask

Facemask

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Flisey
Community Member
5 months ago

Face mask because don't want to get sick, no helmet riding scooter because don't care about brain damage (maybe that second part is too late...)

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#35

With No Face Masks On The Shelves, The Mighty Emperor Provides During These Troubling Times. In Perth, Western Australia

With No Face Masks On The Shelves, The Mighty Emperor Provides During These Troubling Times. In Perth, Western Australia

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Ali H M Salehuddin
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5 months ago

This is okay! I would wear one.

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#36

When Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

When Modern Problems Require Modern Solutions

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TheExtremeSmell
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5 months ago

Check out those jugs!

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#37

How They Quarantine In Breaux Bridge, LA

How They Quarantine In Breaux Bridge, LA

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BOU
Community Member
5 months ago

Striving for the Darwin Award

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#38

Not The Safety We Needed, But The Safety We Deserve

Not The Safety We Needed, But The Safety We Deserve

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chi-wei shen
Community Member
5 months ago

Only helpful with wings.

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#39

What Is Going On Here?

What Is Going On Here?

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Nidia Garcia
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of an alien but with a low budget

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#40

Man's 'Genius' Way Of Protecting Himself During Coronavirus Pandemic

Man's 'Genius' Way Of Protecting Himself During Coronavirus Pandemic

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Draco Malfoy
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5 months ago

Your total comes to $28.99. Hold on, um, it's in here somewhere, I swear it was right there a minute ago!

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