Indian man wears gold face mask to ward off coronavirus
An Indian man said he paid about $4,000 for a bespoke gold face mask to protect him from the coronavirus raging in the country.
The precious metal covering weighs 60 grams (two ounces) and took craftsmen eight days to make, said businessman Shankar Kurhade, from the western city of Pune.
"It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe," Shankar told AFP.
"I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from a coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions," he added.
When going out, the 49-year-old said he likes to adorn himself with gold jewellery weighing a kilogramme, including a bracelet, necklace and rings on each finger of his right hand.
Kurhade -- whose company makes industrial sheds -- said he got the idea for the gold face mask after seeing a media report about a man wearing one made from silver.
"People are asking me for selfies," he said.
"They are awestruck when they see me wearing the gold mask in markets."
India has made face masks mandatory in public places in a bid to control the spread of the virus in the country, which has around 650,000 confirmed cases and more than 18,600 fatalities.
You can have the same thing with a Folgers metal coffee filter and a $5 can of Krylon gold spray paint.
Shankar I have some advice for you: stay out of the hood when wearing that gold face mask.
I'm very sure the mask will protect him from the virus, but won't protect him from invited robbers.
$4000 gold mask. $1 shoelace to hold mask in place.
Silver has antibacterial properties, gold doesn't. Viruses are not bacteria, either.
People asking for selfies? What a great way to encourage close contact
Wouldn't silver be a better idea? Silver is supposed to kill pathogens, it's why silverware was used and hospitals use silver, and there are colloidal silver solutions used for sterilization.
Spends $4,000 dollars on a gold mask yet defecates on a public beach...
New James Bond movie, The Man With The Golden Mask!
Man in India decapitated and robbed of golden corona virus mask.
For that price you would think he would get one that actually fits his face... Guess money can't buy common sense though!
LMAO...Looks like a gold D cup!
He should have spent the full 5k and got a mask that actually fit and covered his nose and mouth well.
I made my mask out of asbestos.
If he wore it in BALTIMORE , he and his mask would be separated in five minutes!
ya umm bring yoself and yo mask to Brooklyn and see how long it stay on yo face....
Real_voice of reason
You can buy a LOT of kn95's for that amount. The more people around you wearing a mask the safer you are, so maybe buying in volume and distributing them would protect him more.
Should have went with silver. Facts silver kills vampires, werewolves, and corona.
Gold ain't gonna help him... It's silver that works against virus.
Indian women in rural India hold over 11% of the actual amount of gold in the world. The country's culture has, for centuries, regarded the precious yellow metal as a symbol of prosperity. Consequently, Indian women collectively wear over 21,000 tons of gold on their bodies.
Gold also deodorizes curry breath.
Trump needs one of those.
He'll be mugged and robbed in a NY minute...
That's not a mask, it's a candy dish.