At a time when people are being more humble and supporting small scale businesses that are selling eco-friendly and cheap face masks amid COVID-19, a man from Pune is grabbing headlines for his extraordinary mask made of pure gold. Worth Rs 2.89 lakh, the mask was expected to work like any other face mask that is protect the mouth and nose from the germs in the air as coronavirus plagues on. Also Read - N1-STOP-LAMP: This Low-cost COVID Test Developed by Scientists Can Detect Virus in Just 20 Mins | Read Here

However, Shankar Kurade from Pimpri-Chinchwad district of Pune told ANI that the mask of gold is pretty thin and has very minute holes in it to help him breathe. Moreover, he wasn’t even sure if the mask would help combat the virus. Also Read - Pranab Mukherjee's Condition Stable, Says Son; Observation Period Ends Today

The news agency quoted him saying, “It’s a thin mask with minute holes so that there’s no difficulty in breathing. I’m not sure whether this mask will be effective.” Sharing his pictures wearing the gold mask, ANI captioned it, “Shankar Kurade, a resident of Pimpri-Chinchwad of Pune district, has got himself a mask made of gold worth Rs 2.89 Lakhs.” Also Read - This Rajasthan BJP MP Claims Sitting in Mud And Blowing Conch Shell Will Help in COVID Fight | Read The Bizarre Claim Here

Hardly impressed, the netizens called him a “COVIDIOT”. Taking to their respective Twitter handles, while one wrote, “Money can buy you anything except common sense (sic)”, another commented, “For that worth, he could have donated so many cotton washable layered masks (sic).”

Check out Twitter’s reaction on the news here:

We can’t help but facepalm too!