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Masks

Amid heavy smog, silver lining for face-mask sellers: big profits

Online sales of face masks have surged more than tenfold this week as people fear the health implications of severe smog that is choking residents in northern areas of the country, particularly Beijing.

Wednesday, 7 December, 2011, 12:00am

This week we test: eye masks

Give your eyes a treat with a mask that fights dark circles and puffiness and reveals their true sparkle.

H2O+ Advanced Collagen Green Tea Eye Mask (HK$460/18pcs)

These are pretty fiddly - the moisturising essence and actual masks come separately - but if you're nimble-fingered, the rewards are smooth, depuffed skin. Pricy, though, for nine pairs.

10 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Cathay flight makes emergency landing

A Cathay Pacific flight with 326 passengers and crew on board was forced to make an emergency landing in Kazakhstan early yesterday after losing cabin pressure.

Passengers had to put on oxygen masks as the Boeing 747-400 was diverted to Karaganda in the Central Asian country, sending out a Mayday call to the airport as it flew in.

30 Nov 2010 - 12:00am

Seven premature deaths from foul air in a day, critic's index shows

There would have been at least seven premature deaths in Hong Kong yesterday as a result of the chronic air pollution, according to the Hedley Environmental Index which measures the impact of the city's bad air.

This compares with a reading of 2.5 deaths on a 'normal' day.

23 Mar 2010 - 12:00am

Cathay backs down on masks for cabin crew

Cathay Pacific yesterday backed down on its refusal to allow flight attendants to wear face masks after Secretary for Health York Chow Yat-ngok appealed for it to respond to staff fears over swine flu.

The airline announced its change of policy hours after Dr Chow said he believed that if airline staff wanted to wear masks, airlines should be flexible and allow them to.

3 May 2009 - 12:00am

Patient left suicide note complaining of nurses' bad attitude

A patient with breathing difficulties jumped six floors to his death after leaving a note accusing doctors and nurses of ignoring his requests to replace a malfunctioning oxygen mask, the Coroner's Court heard yesterday.

10 Sep 2008 - 12:00am

Face value

I am in Lusaka, Zambia, and my motel is putting on its nightly barbecue. In the mood for a silly prank, I go back to my room and pull on the mask I bought earlier today in a market. A gruesome-looking item, it is a helmet of woven black bark mesh crowned with wood and feathers, and thickly fringed with blackened river weed.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Letting the mask slip

Children showed their delight at being able to dump their masks as they arrived for lessons yesterday without the protective gear that came to symbolise the Sars outbreak.

25 Jun 2003 - 12:00am

Many stay masked despite lifting of travel advisory

Despite the lifting of the travel advisory, many people say they will not give up their masks until Hong Kong has had no new infections of Sars for at least a week.

Gabe Kaminski, 37, a travel manager, said he would continue wearing a mask in crowded places until he was satisfied Hong Kong was Sars-free.

25 May 2003 - 12:00am

Thailand donates gowns and masks

Thailand donated 640 protective gowns and 32,100 surgical masks yesterday to the Hong Kong government for its fight against Sars, the first foreign government to do so since the outbreak started in March.

In making the donation, Thai consul-general Tharit Charungvat paid tribute to Hong Kong's medical workers.

17 May 2003 - 12:00am

Hospitals restricting access to N95 masks

Workers in 'lower-risk' areas are being given normal surgical masks to wear

New rules which restrict hospital workers' access to tight-fitting N95 face masks are fuelling fears that health-care staff are being put at risk of Sars infection.

17 May 2003 - 12:00am

Behind the mask

A daily look at how Hongkongers are dealing with Sars. Today we speak to Michael Li Tat-shing, who has worked as a letter sorter in the General Post Office in Central for 22 years.

16 May 2003 - 12:00am

Use masks only if it's crowded: health chief

A top health official says Hong Kong people should keep their face masks on - but only when they are in crowded areas or are ill.

Deputy Director of Health Leung Pak-yin yesterday said: 'The public know when a mask is necessary and when it isn't. It may not be necessary to wear masks when they go out jogging early in the morning.

13 May 2003 - 12:00am

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13 May 2003 - 12:00am

Caution reigns as Hongkongers keep their guard up

Masks are providing a sense of security while doubt remains that the outbreak is over

Many Hong Kong people were yesterday still reluctant to go mask-less, even after World Health Organisation official David Heymann said it was time for people to take them off.

10 May 2003 - 12:00am

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