Japanese Surgical Mask
A surgical mask is usually worn by health professionals during surgery and during nursing to catch the bacteria shed in liquid droplets and aerosols from the wearer’s mouth and nose. Wearing a surgical mask is not a common thing to do in many countries, however, in Japan, you can see people wearing face masks everywhere. You will see it on the street, in a shop or right next to you on the train. Does that mean a lot of Japanese are suffering from a contagious disease? The answer is definitely NO!
People in Japan wear masks on their face for a variety of reasons. It is very common to see someone wearing a mask throughout Japan, year-round.
One of the common reason why Japanese put on masks when they go outside is due to allergies. About one-fourth of the Japanese population suffers from hay fever. There are about 60 types of plants and trees that cause hay fever in Japan. Symptoms start in late February, and sneezing can last until the end of September for those highly afflicted. Wearing a mask provides some relief from the irritation caused by the pollen. Not only do the masks have filters that block pollen from entering, but they also hide a runny, red nose from being seen by others.
Another reason is the flu and sickness. If you catch a cold and still need to go outside, it is considered good manners to show consideration towards the others by wearing a mask. A mask will also keep you feeling warmer as your breathing will warm around your nose and mouth. Many studies suggest that wearing masks can help the prevention and spread of germs, too. During flu season in the winter, the mask functions as a prevention tool, too. Especially in the crowded streets and trains of Tokyo and Osaka, wearing a mask will help to keep you safe from the bacteria and viruses that are flying around. PM2.5 measures.
Max 5 pieces per person.
1 x FREE for purchase SGD 150 and above.