Anytime the media does a story about the Coronavirus, they show pictures of people wearing surgical masks (like in the picture above). This is true not in just Asia, but in other parts of the world also. These people evidently believe these masks will keep them from getting the new virus. And this belief is resulting a shortage of those masks.
But there is a bigger problem than that -- It doesn't work! A surgical mask will not protect you from the Coronavirus.
Here's the truth from Laura Geggel at livescience.com: