The CuMask copper-core mask, distributed free by the government to Hong Kong residents, was criticized by many citizens as underwear. Recently, CuMask has been couriered to over a million registered citizens, and many of them have posted online to share their opinions on CuMask.
A netizen "fitted" two CuMasks with and hung them on a hanger, which attracted a large number of netizens to comment.
The netizen asked on the post on Facebook, "Do you feel good?", In just one hour, nearly 200 netizens have left messages and 3,000 Facebook reactions have been drawn.
Many netizens refer to the two CuMasks as a "grandma bra" after being combined, and some netizens suggested to make a bikini with the CuMask.
Some people also placed their free CuMasks on online shops, marking a price of up to 80 Hong Kong dollars.
The Hong Kong government claimed that the mask are reusable for up to 60 washes.
The government had earlier set aside HK$800 million as part of the anti-epidemic fund for the development of the reusable masks and that it has also arranged to deliver over 140,000 of the masks to residential homes and social welfare institutions for their distribution, including the elderly and the homeless.
The six-layered patented mask, called “CuMask+”, was developed by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textile and Apparel, and has special ergonomic features. Its name “Cu” was derived from the symbol of copper. The mask was awarded a Gold Medal at the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018.
Two of the mask’s layers contain copper, which is capable of immobilising bacteria, common viruses, and other harmful substances. The mask complies with the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTEM) F2100 Level 1 Standard in terms of particle and bacterial efficiency, as well as resistance to penetration by synthetic blood, flammability, and pressure resistance.
The online registration system had received over 500,000 registrations, covering close to 1.38 million registrants in total.
Applicants can sign up to a maximum of six people and have until June 6 to register. Those who don’t want to register online can visit any post office to claim their masks after the online registration date ends. Successful online registrants will have their masks delivered to their homes via the Hong Kong Post within two weeks.
HKID card holders who are currently overseas, including migrant domestic workers who may have found themselves caught in a travel lockdown from their country of origin, can also register. But all those overseas must provide a Hong Kong address, a call operator for the CuMask told Around DB.
Some had criticised the move as “a little too late” after the city has seen no new local transmissions in two weeks. The total number of Covid-19 cases stood at 1,041 on May 6 and 920 of these have been discharged so far.