Twenty years ago Australians were prosecuted for saying masks work against viruses. Now they get arrested for not wearing masks during viral outbreaks.
“Retailers who cash in on community fears about SARS by exaggerating the health benefits of surgical masks could face fines of up to $110,000.
NSW Fair Trading Minister Reba Meagher yesterday warned that distributors and traders could be prosecuted if it was suggested the masks offered unrealistic levels of protection from the disease.
Ms Meagher said her department would investigate any complaints about false mask claims which concerned the public.Penalties can range from fines of up to $22,000 for an individual or $110,000 for a corporation,” she said.”