Source: © Pakutaso The Proper Way to Dispose of Surgical Masks 2020-02-17 Mon 2020-02-17 Mon It’s not uncommon to see many Japanese people wearing masks in public places during the winter season. This is to protect against catching a cold or the flu, among other reasons talked about in this previous article. And if you haven’t heard by now, the spread of Coronavirus continues in Japan. The number of new coronavirus infections was reported to be more than 355 on Sunday, February 16, many of those being quarantined aboard a cruise ship in Yokohama. The first death in Japan by the new coronavirus was reported to be a woman in her 80’s from Kanagawa Prefecture. Due to the fear of increased infections across Japan, the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department’s Disaster Response Division @MPD_bousai tweeted that “It’s not only important to wear masks, but to properly dispose of them as well.” マスクが欠かせない時期となりました。マスクはつけ方も大事ですが、捨て方も大事です。マスクの外気に当たる面は、埃やウイルス等で汚れています。マスクを使い終わったらひも部分を持って外し、マスク本体には触らないようにビニール袋に入れ、口を縛って密閉してからゴミ箱に捨てましょう。 pic.twitter.com/NlsdQS0SCb— 警視庁警備部災害対策課 (@MPD_bousai) February 12, 2020 “Masks left in the open are contaminated with germs and viruses. When you’re finished with a mask, be careful not to touch the face covering part, wrap the mask tightly in a plastic bag, and dispose of it in a trash can. Be sure to wash your hands with soap afterwards.” Certainly a used surgical mask or tissue left in a trash bin can be a breeding ground for all sorts of germs and sickness. So it makes sense to wrap the masks up tightly in plastic to keep the germs from spreading any further. Some Twitter users responded thankfully to @MPD_bousai’s advice with posts like: “I didn’t know I should wrap up my mask in plastic before I throw it away. I’ll be careful from now on.” “That’s helpful, thanks!” But on the other hand, some users lashed back with comments like: “Throwing a mask away like that every time seems pretty annoying.” “Masks aren’t being sold anywhere. If I come to the police station can I get some?” “As a restaurant staff member, I’d rather not have staff throwing their masks away on-site. I’d rather they take the masks home with them.” And my personal favorite response: “Wrap up a mask in a plastic bag? Seems like they might be picked up and resold on Mercari.” Although it seems ridiculous, at a time when surgical masks are almost impossible to find anywhere in Japan, there might be someone looking to swindle you with their already-used surgical mask. I double-checked on Mercari and surgical masks are selling for close to 4,000 yen a box. Screen cap by Mujo By - Mujo. Tags: coronavirus / COVID-19 / Masks / Police / surgical masks grape Japan Goods The Proper Way to Dispose of Surgical Masks Related Article Up your work-from-home production with this Japanese privacy tent Japanese drugstore commended for sign posted, mask-selling policy Japanese pharmacy clerk releases list of the worst COVID-19 customers Student Called Out For Going Against School Policy: White Masks Only Japanese nurse’s touching letter to daughter shows real emotions from a coronavirus frontliner How to Lure Customers during a Corona Outbreak? 567円 Tuna Buffet!