Maybe you need a surgical mask

One of the first things that struck me about Taiwan was the large number of people wearing surgical masks. I know mask-wearers are being smarter than me and my germ-spreading cohorts. But it’s a little disconcerting to see half-faces everywhere. I wonder if there was an infomercial at some point that really caught on:

Are you about to perform an appendectomy? Are you the hostess at Chili’s? Are you simply walking down the street? You will need a surgical mask. Your surgical mask can be made of paper but that’s a little gauche. Best to have a custom mask that speaks about your personality. Vinyl? Creepy and shiny – you’re so edgy! Cotton? It can match your sweater! Maybe pink felt embroidered with flowers. Buy now!

No one can see you smile, but no one can see you frown.

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