Maybe you can offer some insight... I've seen the face mask on a lot of people in a lot of pictures from Japan. If someone wore a face mask in the states people would think the person was sick, not that they are trying to avoid getting sick. Is it just socially acceptable to wear it over there? What are they communally afraid of?
I see. I thought it was a socially exceptable unconscious fear they had of viruses and such. But in fact they are being conscientious about one another. Cool. Never happen here. We just cough and sneeze our asses off regardless.