Originally Posted by ChiTownCity
I've noticed that a lot of Asians where them over here in Chicago and New York as well.
1. Public decorum demands that if you have allergies or a cold, you wear a mask in public so that when you sneeze or cough, it doesn't spray all over the people crowded next to you on the train. If someone sneezes without a mask . . . the visual daggers could kill you five times over.
2. This year in particular has record levels of both local pollen (hey fever) and "yellow sand" (pollen, Gobi dessert sand and of course pollution) blowing in from China. The media has been hyping this just like American media hypes whatever the latest calamity to assault us is. A quick look around my office right now tells me about 75% of the staff are wearing masks.