Swine flu starts a trend in Mexico: face masks
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Ken Ellingwood reports in a Times Foreign Exchange piece about Mexico’s face mask phenomena:
The suspected narcos were paraded before the media with a telling new accessory: masks. Not the bank-robber kind. The doctor kind. After all, even gangsters toting M-16s can get the flu. If the swine flu outbreak in Mexico has a dominant symbol, it is the surgical mask, or tapaboca, that millions of Mexicans have adopted as requisite wear despite conflicting advice about whether it does any good.
— Deborah Bonello in Mexico City.