New research shows a dramatic rise in the number of people wearing face masks is not linked to fears about Coronavirus.
“It’s due to the ongoing closures of cosmetic and beauty clinics,” says Lin Harmen from consumer group Choice. “People are now using face masks to hide their face.”
Choice interviewed 2000 face mask users around NSW to find that 84% have little or no fear about contracting Coronavirus.
“They’re worried about their pale and hairy faces, wrinkles and thinning lips,” says Harmen. “Face masks are an easy fix.”
Beauty and cosmetic clinics have been closed around Greater Sydney for almost two weeks after Premier placed the city into lockdown.
“I haven’t shaved my moustache in a month,” says Double Bay woman Chloe Forster.
“I’ve been staying in isolation at home as much as possible, but if I do need to go out, I definitely wear a mask. I need, waxing, tanning, teeth whitening and fillers ASAP.”