Here’s Some Crazy Ways People Are Making Money Off Coronavirus
Yeah, the coronavirus is on everybody's mind. Wash your hands for 20 seconds, don't go to work if you think you have it and don't get on any cruise ships to Italy. Those are my helpful tips. Now - let's get to the bizarre side of the coronavirus story. People trying to figure out how to make a buck off the panic.
According to Vox.com, there are a bunch of products out there hoping you're scared enough to buy their coronavirus-related product.
Among my favorites are a 50 square-foot shipping container on Craigslist you can use for "coronavirus quarantine", or "zombie apocalypse headquarters". An "I Survived Coronavirus" bracelet on Etsy and an $800 air purifier of which company founder Dr. Yogi Goswami says, “I am very confident that this technology will destroy coronavirus.” Um, probably not, doctor.
And I don't know if this is cool or scary, but a company named ThirdEye has augmented reality glasses that can be fitted with a thermal imaging add-on that will see the heat signature of people in public, to let you know who has a high fever - one of the symptoms of people with the coronavirus. Hong Kong International Airport has ordered some for their workers. The glasses can send those imaging feeds directly to doctors who can advise those workers. Yikes!
You know who ELSE had special glasses? This guy: