Some here in South Korea say that cotton masks can be substitutes for medical masks in preventing the spread of COVID-19 as they can help to stop infection caused by droplets.
Amid the ongoing mask shortages, the city of Seoul is campaigning for people to exchange their medical masks for cotton ones to help those to absolutely need them more. Our Lee Kyung-eun went to check it out herself.
Here, City Hall Station is one of the many places where the so-called “Kind Mask” campaign is being held across the city of Seoul.
People bring their masks, which will be sent to medical staffs and those deemed to be at a higher risk of infection like the elderly.
In return, they will receive the “Kind Mask” kit which consists of a cotton mask and hand sanitizer.
The city government says that these items are effective in blocking the virus that’s contained in droplets and carried on people’s hands, the major sources of transmission.
In South Korea, getting hold of masks has been the top priority for many people, but some of them are willing to donate their masks to help overcome the crisis together.
And people believe that their participation will not only benefit the recipients but the whole country too, including themselves.
[A Seoul resident]
“It is important to supply these masks to medical staff who are at the center of the outbreak. After all, protecting them can prevent others from getting infected, which is good for everyone.”
The campaign also suggests a new model of collective effort for other countries battling COVID-19.
[An exchange student from France]
“And people from Europe in general should act the same way you do, limit contacts and being less egoistic and sharing as much as possible.”
Some 3.2 million kits will be distributed from 100 subway stations in the city, where booths will pop up on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.