From makeshift hazmat suits to plastic bags over heads: The bizarre and VERY extreme lengths Australians are going to as they protect themselves against COVID-19
- Australians have donned bizarre outfits to protect themselves against COVID-19
- A man was seen in Sydney wearing a plastic suit, safety glasses and a face mask
- He also had on dish gloves, safety glasses and Coles bags tied around his feet
- A man in Sydney was captured wearing a $300 hi-tech respirator on his face
- A shopper in New Zealand wore a full-body white plastic suit and face mask
- A passenger put a plastic bag over his entire body on a plane home from Italy
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Shoppers have gone to great lengths to protect themselves from coronavirus, donning bizarre makeshift hazmat suits and even putting plastic bags over their heads.
A man was photographed in Chemist Warehouse in Randwick, inner Sydney, on Tuesday wearing a white plastic suit, safety glasses, a face mask and dish gloves.
He even tied Coles shopping bags around his feet in a desperate bid not to contract the virus, which has infected more than 400 Australians and 182,700 people globally.
The hilarious outfit comes a week after a man in Sydney was captured wearing a $300 hi-tech respirator on his face.
A man was photographed in Randwick, inner Sydney, on Tuesday wearing a white plastic suit, safety glasses, a face mask and dish gloves
The mask-wearer – who gave his name only as John – said it was the only thing that would certainly prevent infection.
‘It’s the only effective mask that you have,’ he told Daily Mail Australia. ‘You get them from China and eBay’.
The mask is marketed online as a 3M 6800 Full Face Reusable Respirator and is described as ‘simple to use and comfortable to wear’.
Earlier this month a shopper was mocked on social media for the extreme measures he took to protect himself during a trip to the shops.
Sporting a full-body white plastic suit and mask to cover his face, the shopper stunned locals while shopping for groceries at two supermarkets in Wanganui, New Zealand.
A man in Sydney’s CBD was captured wearing a $300 hi-tech respirator on his face while going to work last week
A Gold Coast man photographed a fellow passenger wearing in a large plastic bag on a flight home from Italy earlier this month
Sporting a full-body white plastic suit and mask to cover his face, a shopper stunned locals while shopping for groceries at two supermarkets in Wanganui, New Zealand
A photo posted of the man to Facebook sparked discussion about his over-the-top outfit.
‘Could anyone be more prepared?’ the photo was captioned.
People soon pointed out the person wasn’t fully protected against the deadly virus with one vital piece of attire missing, as he wasn’t wearing gloves.
‘At first I thought maybe he was some sort of cleaning worker but then I saw him with his trolley bag and realised that probably wasn’t the case,’ local Carrie Sutton told the New Zealand Herald. ‘I had to laugh though, as they had no gloves on.’
Last week a Gold Coast man photographed a fellow passenger wearing in a large plastic bag on a flight home from Italy – Europe’s coronavirus epicentre.
Umberto Cardamone boarded a connecting flight out of Milan on Sunday March 8, just 24 hours before the local government placed the entire country into lockdown.
Mr Cardamone said all passengers on the flight to Dubai wore masks and some even covered themselves in plastic bags to reduce their chances of catching coronavirus.
He said three Chinese women headed for Beijing left nothing to chance and donned plastic bags during eating times.
CORONAVIRUS CASES IN AUSTRALIA: 452
New South Wales: 210
South Australia: 32
Western Australia: 28
Northern Territory: 1
Australian Capital Territory: 2
TOTAL CASES: 452
‘They were wearing masks but when the flight attendants served food they had to take off the masks to eat so they put the plastic bag over their head, it was crazy,’ told Daily Mail Australia.
‘There were people looking like they were going to Mars in Milan, obviously everyone was very scared.
‘The plane was very full it was an Airbus 380 so there was two floors with many Chinese people going back to China.’
Many health experts say face masks aren’t necessary effective in the protection against coronavirus.
There have now been more than 368 cases of coronavirus in Australia, and five people have died.
Globally at least 7,100 have died and 182,700 have been infected.