People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE
People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE

Letters | Coronavirus and face masks: numbers show the East has something to teach the West

  • The lower death rate and fatality in East Asia and even in Western countries that made mask wearing compulsory should encourage people to overcome their antipathy towards face coverings

Topic |   Coronavirus pandemic
People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE
People wearing masks stroll under cherry blossoms at Ueno Park in Tokyo on March 22. Mask wearing in Japan became common after the 2011 earthquake, which caused a meltdown at a nuclear power plant, prompting fears about radioactive isotopes in the air. Photo: EPA-EFE
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