A gentleman from Pune, India wears a gold face mask to avoid being infected with the COVID-19.
Shankar Kurhade, 48 years and lives in the eight most populated city in India with 7.4 million inhabitants, says that he got the idea of wearing the extravagant mask after seeing a media report of a man wearing a silver one.
Kurhade, a businessman who owns a company that makes industrial sheds, loves to adorn himself with gold jewellery whenever he is out and about. His personal gold ornaments consist of necklace, bracelet and rings on all of his fingers and usually weighs close to 1 kilogram in total. Wearing a gold face mask just completes his ensemble and why not.
"People are asking me for selfies. They are awestruck when they see me wearing gold mask in markets" says Kurhade.
Shankar claims that his bespoke gold face mask weighs 50 grams and costs Rs 289,000 or about $4000. It also took craftsmen 8 days to make.
"It is a thin mask and has tiny pores that is helping me to breathe." Kurhade said.
"I am not sure if it will be effective to protect me from the coronavirus infection but I am taking other precautions." he added.
In a bid to control the infection, India has made it mandatory to wear face masks in public places amidst the pandemic. At the moment, the death toll is at 18,600 and has 650,000 confirmed cases of people infected with the virus in the country.