Asia's Face Mask Capital

September 2011
Forbes Asia;Fall2011 Special Issue, Vol. 7 Issue 11, p156
The article focuses on the use of face covers such as surgical masks or face masks by people in Taipei, Taiwan. It states that the masks started to be used after the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in 2003, but after the spread of the H1N1 virus in 2009 they began appearing everywhere. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), dust or airborne germs are not blocked by most of the face masks, but the government believes that masks can provide some protection.


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