With the Wuhan virus outbreak, you’d think that everyone should know by now that masks are worn with its blue, waterproof lining on the outside… Well, everyone except Taiwanese singer-actress Annie Yi.
In a bid to encourage everyone who is battling the epidemic, Annie decided to follow Lin Chiling and release a video of her own thanking the brave medical staff as well as to offer tips on how people should protect themselves from the virus.
"Are you all okay?” the 50-year-old asked at the beginning of the clip. “When we are safe and healthy at home waiting for the epidemic to end, there are many medical staff and frontline personnel working hard. In 2020, I hope that everyone will be safe and healthy. We all cherish our lives, and so do our medical staff. They are also human beings! We must take care of ourselves and everyone around us. Remember to wash your hands and wear your masks!”
However, eagle-eyed netizens pointed out that the former Mrs Harlem Yu had failed to show her surgical mask correctly. The white layer of the mask, which is supposed to absorb exhaled bodily fluids, was facing the camera instead of the blue, waterproof layer.
“Your mask is reversed" and "You are wearing your mask the wrong way!" were just two of the many comments her followers left on her Weibo.
After realising her mistake, Annie’s video was swiftly taken down. It was then re-uploaded but this time only showing the portion where she thanks the medical staff for their hard work.
“I wasn't focusing [on the way to wear it] 'cos the mask was on my hand. Everyone, please wear your masks properly," Annie then clarified.