Just in time for Halloween, COVID-19 masks dotted with viral spikes, bulging eyes and an evil grin are being hawked on Amazon.
The ghoulish listing amid the coronavirus pandemic was made by YTFU, a company based in Guangdon, China, the country where the real bug originated in Wuhan, The Sun reported.
The latex “horror mask” – available for $24.59 — is “environmental and non-toxic,” according to the listing, which says wearing it “will give you an amazing and lasting impression.”
The various styles include a green head and purple spikes – the telltale SARS-CoV-2019 markers – and a white head with red spikes, both apparently aimed at injecting some infectious humor during the holiday.
“These masks show a terrible lapse of judgment by the manufacturers and sellers, and I hope they will be removed from sale quickly,” Rachel Power, CEO of the UK-based Patients Association, told the news outlet.
“I’ve no doubt the great majority of people will find them hugely distasteful, and I can’t imagine that many people would wish to wear one,” the head of the advocacy group added.
An Amazon spokesperson told The Sun: “All sellers must follow our selling guidelines and those who do not will be subject to action including potential removal of their account.”