A single mother hangs her only mask up and has reused it for five days straight. Photo: Dickson Lee

Coronavirus: single mother uses same mask for five days as grass roots priced out of Hong Kong’s frantic panic buying or too weak to queue overnight

  • Home visits with elderly citizens discovered some were steaming masks in order to reuse them, a practice that has been debunked
  • Social workers union chief suggests temporarily closing non-emergency services to save masks
Topic |   Coronavirus outbreak

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A single mother hangs her only mask up and has reused it for five days straight. Photo: Dickson Lee
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Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung

Tony Cheung became a political journalist in 2007. He joined the Post in 2012 and now leads the Hong Kong-mainland relations team on the Hong Kong desk. Tony also writes about the economy, and reports from mainland China, the United States, Germany and Britain.

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum

Alvin Lum is an award-winning political journalist specialising in Hong Kong politics and the city's justice system. Previously, he worked for the Hong Kong Economic Journal and Citizen News.