It has become a norm to wear face masks on subways and buses, and in other public spaces since the coronavirus outbreak, but there has been a raging debate over whether or not it is appropriate to wear them at the office.
Some say it is necessary for people to wear a mask at all times to protect themselves from the contagious virus, but others argue covering one’s face is considered ill-mannered.
Yoon Hae-rim wore a face mask at her office in Seoul. But more than a dozen of people told her she was overreacting as there weren’t any infected people in the office. On the other hand, Lee Se-joong couldn’t decide whether or not to tell a junior staff member to wear a face mask as a safety measure because he was coughing and sneezing.
etiquette：名詞，禮儀（節）、規範（矩）、成規。Social etiquette dictates that we should stand up to meet a guest.（社交禮儀要求我們應站起來接待賓客。）
coronavirus：名詞，冠狀病毒。SARS is caused by coronavirus （CoV）.（嚴重急性呼吸道症候群是由冠狀病毒所引起。）
contagious：形容詞，透過接觸而傳染的、帶傳染源的、情感上有感染力的。Chicken pox is a contagious disease, so don’t let anyone else use your towels.（水痘是種接觸傳染的疾病，所以別讓別人用你們的毛巾。）