Yokohama - Masks are practically de rigueur for any serious outing in Japan. I think they probably really cut down on health problems. The only problem for me is that when my eyes meet the eyes of a passing masked stranger, as they often do, I wonder: "Do I know you? Are you my neighbor?" Then the question is: Do I bow and greet them or just pretend we never saw each other (which is actually an art form here that I have yet to master but am working on). If I don't know them, and then bow to greet them, I risk becoming the weird foreigner who always bows and says hello to everyone. If I don't bow and greet them, and they turn out to be my neighbor, I'll be forever labeled "that rude foreigner" or worse. Either way I'm doomed.... unless I too join the masked masses hiding behind the veil of anonymity.
This would be "perfect" for me!
When I first saw this mask advertised on TV, for some reason or other, I immediately thought it must be used to ward off the Avian Flu. I'm sure it must really work, if I were a flu bug I think I would definitely be scared off by this mask.
The CDC recommends that you use your sleeve to cover your cough when you don't have a tissue. My son has a technique of his own. I'm thinking about sending it to the CDC to see how it measures up against using your sleeve. Here is a photo of me using my son's cough covering technique (he uses it for sneezing t too).