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Valentine's Day 2020: Infectious love in the time of novel coronavirus

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 14 2020 04:43 PM

"Ain’t no virus scary enough to keep me from getting to you, babe," appears to be the ode that many citizens are saying as they celebrate Valentine's Day in the time of the novel coronavirus or COVID-19. 

With news reports (including fake news on social media) making many people afraid of contracting the respiratory disease, 
2020 will likely be remembered as the year when wearing face masks became trendy. 

Couples wear face masks as they stroll in a mall in Quezon City on February 10, 2020, amid the threat of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) in the country.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

People wearing face masks enter the LRT Line 1 Baclaran station on February 12, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A student walks past Light Rail Manila Corporation employees as they serenade passengers at the Doroteo Jose station of the LRT-1 in Manila on February 12, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

Students, mostly wearing face masks, walk outside the walls of Intramuros in Manila, February 11, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

People with masks stroll at a park in Pasay City on February 10, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A family takes precautions against viruses as they look for a vacation deal at a travel expo in Pasay City on February 9, 2020.Fernando G. Sepe, ABS-CBN News

People take selfies in front of a heart-shaped installation at a mall in Pasay City on February 10, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A family wearing masks spend time at a park in Pasay City on February 10, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

A flower shop in Dangwa flower market in Manila sells a variety of bouquets ranging from grocery products, vegetables, face masks, and disinfectants on the eve of Valentine's Day, February 13, 2020.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A flower shop in Dangwa flower market in Manila sells a variety of bouquets ranging from grocery products, vegetables, face masks, and disinfectants on the eve of Valentine's Day, February 13, 2020.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A customer buys flowers at the Dangwa Flower Market in Manila on the eve of Valentine's Day, February 13, 2020.Mark Demayo, ABS-CBN News

A flower shop offers free lucky charm and face mask as part of their Valentine’s day promotion in Alabang, metropolitan Manila, Philippines Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. Department of Health officials urge the public to avoid crowded areas, wash hands often and observe cough etiquette as a precautionary measure against the COVID-19.Aaron Favila, AP

A motorcycle rider wearing a protective face mask buys a heart-shaped balloon a day before Valentine’s Day in Manila, Philippines, February 13, 2020.Eloisa Lopez, Reuters

A man waits outside the Baclaran church on Valentine’s day in Paranaque City.Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A woman carries flowers to work on Valentine’s day in Paranaque City. February 14, 2020.Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A couple share tender moments after attending mass at the Baclaran church in Paranaque City on Valentine’s day.Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A couple share tender moments after attending at the Baclaran church in Paranaque City on Valentine’s day.Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A couple have their photos taken in front of the Baclaran church in Paranaque City on Valentine’s day.Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

A woman receives a flower and pamphlets from the Executive Director of Commission on Population at the Legarda Station in Manila on Valentine’s Day.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

People in masks pass by a heart shaped installation at a mall in Pasay City on February 10, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News

People in masks pass by a heart shaped installation at a mall in Pasay City on February 10, 2020.George Calvelo, ABS-CBN News