Thai mom's face shields protect against virus and villains

By Jiraporn Kuhakan
BANGKOK (Reuters) - A single mother in Thailand is doing lively face shield business with characters from cartoons, games, and science fiction films, hoping to make money and promote child safety if their country is out of the coronavirus Pandemic is emerging.
In her small studio room, 31-year-old Maysa Talerd designed patterns and carefully pressed stickers of famous fictional superheroes and bad guys onto the face shields to combine safety and style and expand her new business.
"Usually face shields are transparent so people can get bored. With these fun designs, they encourage people to wear them," she said.
"At least with the cartoon characters, children will want to wear them and show them to their friends at school."
With the faces of Darth Vader and his stormtroopers from Star Wars films, the Japanese superhero Mobile Suit Gundam and the heroes, villains and figures of Thai folklore, orders for shields come in.
Thailand is gradually loosening restrictions to revitalize its economy and maintaining strict social distance measures to prevent infections.
There have been 58 deaths and 3,125 confirmed cases to date, most of which have recovered. No local broadcast was reported in 17 days.
A few months ago, Maysa had no income, but is on the way to being financially stable. She receives orders of 50 to 100 shields each, which she sells for 180 baht ($ 5.77) each.
"I think this could be my main income in the future because toy stores contact me to do wholesale business," she said.

(Reporting by Jiraporn Kuhakan; writing by Martin Petty; editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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