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.

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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.”

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Now I Can't Touch My Face

Now I Can't Touch My Face

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Colin L
Community Member
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.

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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

Magpie
Community Member
5 months ago

Fooling someone's sense of security. 6 feet would be about as far as a tall person.

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Max Han
Community Member
5 months ago

If you want to defeat the coronavirus you must think like the virus

N G
Community Member
5 months ago

They dais the virus had jumped from Bats to Swordfish then to humans. How do porcupines fit into this?

N G
Community Member
5 months ago

*said

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Pamela Scott
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty much need to do this. Had several folks start to step into my space last time I was out. I would tell them ,"sorry I almost got to close to you" as I continued getting the items in my list those folks kept their distance. I think it might have embarrassed them but I was the one standing still as they barged up behind me. I don't think some people know how far 6 feet is!

Sharon Vaughn
Community Member
5 months ago

At least it keeps people away from him.

Water Bottle
Community Member
5 months ago

When the poles are 6 feet long then the costume will be perfect

Edward Doherty
Community Member
5 months ago

I can’t help but feel that person is being an arsehole considering People still need to use public transport and everyone is in danger

Gutsy
Community Member
5 months ago

I just love your outfit!!!

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
5 months ago

That's quite the ensemble.

eclipse
Community Member
5 months ago

how u gunna get through the train doors!?

Jim Kang
Community Member
5 months ago

Pretty clever, on several levels.

Brandy Grote
Community Member
5 months ago

Stay back!

Tiffany McBride
Community Member
5 months ago

Ok that is dedication. It's rather irritating that it seems necessary. Nobody around seems to be following the 6ft rule.

Elnor Rollins
Community Member
5 months ago

All got masked but 6 feet away from each other

Cindi Dean Wafstet
Community Member
5 months ago

I guess it works...

Sharon Attwood
Community Member
5 months ago

Distancing aids are a bit droopy, but great idea!

Victoria Valenzuela
Community Member
5 months ago

This person is serious 😷🙏🏼

Patty Stier
Community Member
5 months ago

Notice how everyone is further than the advised 6 ft from him? (I would be too!)

Christopher Mayer
Community Member
5 months ago

I wouldn't touch him with a 6' pole! (or two, or three, or...)

Lorraine Dinjian
Community Member
5 months ago

Someone has too much time on his hands

European other
Community Member
5 months ago

The home renovations didn't go according to plan

ladyconstellation
Community Member
5 months ago

I might be totally stupid but this person looked like they pit open pvc pipe all around them. Wouldn’t that just be making more places for corona to get in.

ClaudiaDarla03
Community Member
5 months ago

those poles aren't six feet long!

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
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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