Cat Spotted Wearing Makeshift Mask To Protect It From Coronavirus

Alfie PowellAlfie Powell in News, World
Published 12.02.20

A cat has been spotted wearing a human-sized face mask, with eye holes cut in so it can see whilst not catching Coronavirus.

Everyone’s scared about Coronavirus at the moment. I know a few people who won’t come to London because if it – which makes no sense – and are washing their hands every 10 minutes to be extra safe.

The issue is, the the mask worn by the cat in China is very pointless.

The cat mask is almost certainly pointless.

Dangerously so in fact, as the integrity of said mask would be entirely ruined by the new additions. It would be like cutting some air holes in your swimming goggles.

On top of that, there’s no evidence to support the idea that animals can fall victim to the Coronavirus, so it really is very, very pointless.

There’s all sorts of things that make this mask a total waste of time. It’s cute, sure, and it makes the cat look like that round knight character from Smash Bros. (the one with the wings) but masks aren’t even that good at protecting humans.

It is unclear whereabouts the cat was photographed.

The issue is that they’re too loose, don’t cover enough space, don’t get replaced enough and they look incredibly lame (the last one is a personal issue).

Speaking to the BBC, Jonathan Ball, professor of molecular virology at the University of Nottingham, said:

In one well controlled study in a hospital setting, the face mask was as good at preventing influenza infection as a purpose-made respirator.

However, when you move to studies looking at their effectiveness in the general population, the data is less compelling – it’s quite a challenge to keep a mask on for prolonged periods of time.

Ah thanks, John. That’s very reassuring.

To avoid catching anything untoward, the NHS advise you to wash your hands if and when you can, as well as avoiding touching your nose and eyes, which seems easy enough. As long as I can continue my hobby of licking the handrails on buses, I’m happy.

Speaking about Coronavirus to Wired, Dr. Seema Yasmin said:

It seems a little bit different to what we saw with SARS back in 2002, where people were more likely to have sore throats, a runny nose and diarrhoea.

There’s already evidence that this new coronavirus does spread from person to person. The interesting thing is it seems to be more infectious than SARS, another coronavirus, but less deadly.

So at the moment we think that the death rate from the new coronavirus is around 2.5 to 3.5 percent – for SARS it was in the double digits; it was at least 10 or 11 percent.

Stay safe, people. Don’t bother putting a mask on your cat.

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