Air passengers have been seen wearing everything from plastic bottles, sheets, and motorbike helmets in an effort to protect themselves from the coronavirus outbreak.
The desperate measures come as the number of confirmed cases have surged since Wednesday.https://twitter.com/stevepheby/status/1222108888247361536
Photos of travellers' makeshift 'shields' have been widely shared on social media.
Some include people cutting the bottom out of large plastic bottles and using them to cover their heads. Another shows a family who has fixed plastic sheets over their heads and shoulders, even enclosing their child's pram in plastic.https://twitter.com/Crewiser/status/1222436011579408385
One man on a flight from Shanghai to Perth was pictured wearing his motorbike helmet as protection.
Pharmacies and other stores have sold out of face masks in many countries including China.https://twitter.com/danfieldsend/status/1221685150192300033
Amid fears, numerous airlines have reduced or suspended flights to China, including British Airways and United Airlines.
The death toll from the coronavirus has today risen to 170 in China, with 7,700 cases worldwide, including seven confirmed cases in Australia.
Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/health/air-passengers-use-plastic-sheets-bottles-and-helmets-as-protection-against-coronavirus/96c0f8fc-806d-4e4d-ae92-9eed921d3278