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.”
The rep said the e-commerce site would remove the UK listing, but the masks remained on the site in the US on Thursday.
The Post has reached out to Amazon for comment.
The global death toll from the coronavirus has exceeded 1 million, with more than 34 million cases reported.
In the US, almost 207,000 people have died as 7.2 million infections have been reported, according to the latest figures from Johns Hopkins University.