Thai beauty clinic creates mini masks to ward off infection during facial treatments

WION Web Team New Delhi Jun 03, 2020, 02.31 PM(IST)

Malls in Thailand Photograph:( Reuters )

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Thailand is now in its third phase of relaxing restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, which includes giving the green light to beauty clinics to resume business.

 A Thai beauty clinic in Bangkok has created a "mini" face mask that it says reduces a doctor's contact with customers' noses and mouths, while still allowing them to get procedures.

Thailand is now in its third phase of relaxing restrictions to curb the spread of the virus, which includes giving the green light to beauty clinics to resume business.

"The mask is made up of multiple layers of material that are able to protect against the COVID-19 disease," said the clinic's chief marketing officer, Wisarut Krimthungthong.

The clinic does not currently sell the masks. They have about a hundred that they clean and re-use.

It has made other virus-prevention adjustments as well, including reducing number of customers it sees each day to 15 from over a hundred to allow time for measures such as temperature screening. It is also using a plastic shield during treatments and has moved some of its administrative operations online.

"It has reduced the amount of time customers have to spend here to about less than an hour each time," said clinic founder Dr. Waleerat Thaweebanchongsin.

The Southeast Asian country has seen just over 3,000 COVID-19 infections and 58 deaths, but has reported no local transmission in the past week, helping accelerate moves to ease restrictions.

(With inputs from Reuters)