Amid the global panic that is the coronavirus, travelers have been going to some rather drastic lengths to protect themselves from infection... Including wrapping their entire bodies in plastic.
Keep scrolling to see the rather ridiculous health and safety precautions taken by these frenzied passengers...
We are in the middle of a medical crisis.
via: Getty ImagesOriginating from the Chinese city of Wuhan, a deadly virus known as the coronavirus has been spreading across the globe at an alarming rate.
But what exactly is the coronavirus?
via: Getty ImagesReuters gave a short guide to what it is exactly... "Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that get their name from what they look like under a microscope - they are spherical and their surfaces are covered with "crown"-like spikes."
So far, the symptoms have proven to be deadly.
via: Getty"Coronavirus infections have a wide range of symptoms, including fever, coughing, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. Severe cases can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and death."
A lot of people have now died from the virus...
via: Getty ImagesIt has been confirmed by CNN that over 2,000 people have now died, with the majority being in mainland China. A further 750,000 have been infected across the globe.
Things aren't looking good.
via: Getty ImagesThe virus continues to rapidly spread, and traces of the disease have already been discovered and confirmed in several other countries including the United Kingdom, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Saudi Arabia, and Japan.
And cases have now been confirmed here in the U.S.
via: Getty ImagesThere are currently twenty-nine active cases being monitored here in America, according to the New York Times.
And everyone has been asking the same thing...
via: GettyWhat actually caused this deadly virus?
There are many theories...
Reports that two patients have been tested for #Coronavirus in Scotland. NHS Lothian and NHS Greater Glasgow and… https://t.co/XFxOFEbLNv— Chris Green (@Chris Green)1579789802.0
Bats are believed to be one of the main culprits...
via: GettyStrains of the virus have been discovered in bats in the past and, with them being a delicacy in some areas of China, they are believed to be one of the primary causes.
Chinese influencers have been heavily criticized for the consumption of bats...
via: Getty ImagesAnd many have been eating the bats whole without properly preparing or cooking them. What is wrong with the world?
But regardless of where it comes from, the virus can be spread quickly and easily...
via: GettyAnd Chinese officials have warned that the strains can be spread by coughing, kissing or making contact with saliva.
Scientists have been working tirelessly in a bid to find a vaccine...
via: Getty ImagesBut, despite generous donations made to the cause, they have been short of any luck.
People all around the world are starting to panic.
via: Getty ImagesAnd many have been taking matters into their own hands to protect themselves from the virus.
Most are opting for face masks.
via: GettyThe face mask has long been a trusty method of avoiding illness across Asia, and most seem to be sticking with this tactic in the latest crisis.
But others are taking things a little bit too far...
This women is taking protection to the next level. SHE’S WEARING A PLASTIC BAG OVER HER HEAD. Save yourself from th… https://t.co/yDYjuXyiOn— Edward Lawrence (@Edward Lawrence)1580104755.0
It appears that some people would rather suffocate than catch the virus...An entire family was captured, standing patiently in a check-in queue, while all wearing giant plastic bags that covered their heads and torsos.
And some have opted for plastic bottles.
Taking extreme measures at the Hong Kong MTR. The CDC "does not advise wearing containers on your head to prevent a… https://t.co/VwFr2WImEv— Anthony A. Kung 龔家驊 (@Anthony A. Kung 龔家驊)1580279197.0
Oh, and we can't be forgetting the animals, now.
via: TwitterIt is currently unknown as to whereabouts in China this photograph was taken, but this poor cat has clearly been forced to wear a makeshift face mask in the street. I've seen it all now.
But, out of all the ridiculousness of this situation...
via: GettyOnly one person can take the crown... Or two, in this instance.
Here they are, ladies and gentlemen.
Currently behind me on the plane. When you super scared of #coronavirus #COVID2019 https://t.co/iOz1RsNSG1— alyssa (@alyssa)1582083364.0
No, your eyes are not deceiving you.
via: TwitterThe couple can be seen sitting, safely strapped into their seats, while fully covered in plastic.
It's all rather ridiculous.
via: TwitterBut hey, as long as they feel safe, right?
This is a developing story...
via: Getty ImagesSo make sure to stay tuned for further updates.