Keeping the virus at bay is the top and foremost priority these days. A face mask has been added to the "check before leaving" daily bundle next to keys, wallet, and phone, and as we’re on our way to the second wave, we're kinda used to this whole thing.

But people are still getting creative with the most questionable face (and body) coverings that defy science, common sense, and simply aesthetics. I mean, would you put a plastic bag on your head? While you think, let me tell you that this time, we’re covering not the random bunch of people wearing "wut da heck is dat" in a public space, but the full-on "subway creatures." Compiled by the amusing Twitter page by the same name, “Subway Creatures” give us a glimpse of weird, weirder, and the weirdest, but in times of pandemic.

After you’re done, check out our previous post about people spotted reading incredibly strange books on the subway. As they say, reality is stranger than fiction.

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Nicola Roberts
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4 months ago

I don't think this is ridiculous. I think this normalises wearing masks.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Wake up young lady, we're there

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To find out more about the "subway creatures" amid the pandemic, Bored Panda reached out to Rick McGuire, the founder of widely popular Subway Creatures Instagram. Rick said that there have been a lot of changes in the subway during the viral outbreak.

“A good number of people are still scared to use public transportation despite studies showing there is a very minimal risk of contracting Covid-19 on the trains. In addition, there is a decent amount of people who no longer have to commute to work because they are now working from home.”

Rick said that all of this adds up to ridership at an all-time low. “It’s hurting the public transportation system badly, as well as content for my page Subway Creatures.” Right now, it is the law to wear a face mask on the NYC subway, so people have been getting very creative.

He recounted seeing people “use everything from plastic bottles to shopping bags to women's underwear. It's definitely weird and funny, but a constant reminder of the times we're living in,” he concluded.

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Plague doctor

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Although we’re all well into this newly found lifestyle amid the worldwide pandemic, there’s still a bunch of misinformation surfing around. We previously wrote about the new study carried out by the team of scientists at Duke University in North Carolina. Scientists carried out tests on 14 face coverings of different styles, and found out that neck fleeces performed the worst because the material broke down large droplets into smaller ones that spread into the air more easily.

There’s no question that most of the makeshift coverings will not help to stop the spread of coronavirus. But according to Anna Davies, a scientist at The Cambridge Centre for Data-Driven Discovery who researches face mask efficacy, “a homemade mask should only be considered as a last resort to prevent droplet transmission from infected individuals, but it would be better than no protection.”

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

LOL

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 months ago

And, you call this "social distancing"? Really? Social???

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ML
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4 months ago

That is a sniffer, not a covid avoider

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Anna also stressed that symptomatic individuals, if they need to come into contact with others (e.g. shared house or trip to hospital), may lower the risk of transmission if a mask is worn. However, Anna warned that “The mask should be very carefully handled and decontaminated before disposal.”

Her study showed that a commonly used t-shirt mask (stretchy cotton fabric was by far the most wearable) was about a third as effective as a surgical mask at filtering small particles, with the same issues of airborne intrusion that surgical masks have. However, the general public is advised to wear one as a minimum barrier to stop face touching when a healthy individual is out on a necessary trip e.g. for food.

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Kristoffer Rahbek-Jensen
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4 months ago

Fabulous!

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When you hate people more than the virus.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Genius!

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Bardhi's Dad
Community Member
4 months ago

Looks like Casey Affleck in "A Ghost Story", don't he

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In a previous interview with Bored Panda, Rick McGuire said that it all started in 2011 when he launched "Subway Creatures" as a website. Fueled by his personal interest in observing commuters and the subway, Rick then launched Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook accounts.

“NYC has this unspoken rule of 'keep your head down and mind your own business,' but I'm a huge people-watcher. There's so much going on around you at all times and it would be a shame to miss some of these typical 'New York moments.' When I'm on the train, I always find myself looking for obscurities and checking my surroundings. You never know what you'll see!"

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ML
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4 months ago

If you'd only have eyes on the back of your head

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

It's the scary masks on the couple on the right that creep me out.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Jesse Pinkman, is that you?

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“Subway Creatures” has gained a cult following with 2.1 million followers devoted to weird, weirder and the weirdest on subways. This space of everything bizarre captivated Rick as he himself was commuting to work. "I was commuting to work in NYC every day and seeing the wild, bizarre, and crazy things the city has to offer and noticed there really wasn't a place where it was all being documented."

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Nicola Roberts
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4 months ago

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This is very questionable. Are we sure she shops at Macys?

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Rabbit Carrot
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4 months ago

Imagine the condensation.

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

WTF!

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True Blue
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4 months ago

Well it works I guess

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Sergio Bicerra
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4 months ago

So, which one is the stupid? The guy using a napking or the girl in the back with no mask? At least he's trying

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True Blue
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4 months ago

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When you had a furrie phase and needed a mask

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago (edited)

OMG! I would never sit close to this guy! He really scares me!

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Bardhi's Dad
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4 months ago

Phantom in the Subway

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Hubertus Touché
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4 months ago

They say he's a nosey guy...

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ADHORTATOR
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4 months ago

a little bit overbuilt---

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Hubertus Touché
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4 months ago

My name is Tyler Lee Little and I come from rural Nantucket. Folks say I look my best with my head stuck in a bucket.

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Hubertus Touché
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4 months ago

What's that?? A hollow Gouda?

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Cinders Hunch
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4 months ago

Now that’s going to end up as hyperventilation (panic attack from rebreathing CO2)

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Rabbit Carrot
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4 months ago

What is that thing?

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ML
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4 months ago

She is making a call. Nothing to see here

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Angrywolf
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4 months ago

Really a cabbage leaf?!?! for f*ck sake just get a real mask, How hard is it.

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Cinders Hunch
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4 months ago

This looks like the helmet of a hazmat suit. Not so silly.

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StardustRainO8
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4 months ago

It looks like he has a nosebleed and forgot about the tissue for days.

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Flexiegirl94
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4 months ago

How does one breath?!

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N G
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4 months ago

Somebody got dressed in a hurry this morning

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ML
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4 months ago

What the heck is that? A pee pan?

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Rabbit Carrot
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4 months ago

Every little helps.

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DC
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4 months ago

Another sniffer?

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JessG
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4 months ago

It's the same lady we saw before with the scarf tied around the box, LOL!

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Dotzilla
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4 months ago

At least he is covering his nose?

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