As with many others, I’m interested in keeping up with the news about the coronavirus both in far-flung places especially China as well as here in the states. One way to check in on emerging situations at the grassroots level is via social media, which prompted me to search hashtag #coronaviruschina on Twitter. That revealed information and imagery I’d likely not have found elsewhere, especially from the epicenter in Wuhan, China, where media is tightly controlled by the government. Below I share some interesting images found in Tweets showing the range of measures people were taking to protect themselves and even their pets from the rapidly spreading virus by adapting packaging. The images give a different spin on the term protective packaging, a term usually describing applications for distribution and ecommerce. It’s near ground zero for the outbreak where packaging is being reused, adapted for personal protection. Words that came to mind among others included resourceful, fearful, desperate, surreal and extreme. A clear rigid plastic container becomes a protective helmet.
Bagging yourself allows full-body protection.
— Fantastic Services (@Fantastic) February 4, 2020
Lacking other protection one should at least protect their vision.
— Arslan Hidayat (@arslan_hidayat) February 4, 2020
One pet owner didn’t forget to protect his beloved dog.
— helpful (@lifetree22) February 4, 2020
This person found extreme irony in the protective mask supplier’s location, found near the carton bottom: Wuhan, China.
— Getty Images News (@GettyImagesNews) February 4, 2020
— Ahlia_shazeelan (@AShazeelan) January 28, 2020