Hong Kong resident tries sterilising disposable surgical mask by steaming it

Published on 31 Jan 2020 8:30:18 PM

Hong Kong's health authorities have cautioned residents against steaming and reusing surgical masks as fears of a coronavirus outbreak have lead to a shortage of masks in the city.

This was after a member of Hong Kong's Legislative Council, Ann Chiang, advocated the practice.

Video obtained by Reuters taken on Friday (Jan 31) showed Hung Yat-Long, a Hong Kong resident, trying out the steaming method at home.

He later told Reuters that it is completely useless and unhygienic.