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COVID-19: In Latin America, face masks become a form of expression

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Rarely used in Latin America outside hospitals before the coronavirus pandemic, face masks are now compulsory for subway riders, supermarket shoppers and even joggers in some countries - and they're becoming a coloUrful part of the region's daily life. | Above: A woman wears a mask with printed lips, in Caracas, Venezuela.Image Credit: AP
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Motifs showing up on masks are varied, often reflecting local cultures. There are lucha libre-themed masks in Mexico, logos of soccer clubs in Argentina, Batman characters in Peru and coloUrful swimsuit prints in Colombia.life. | Above: A woman wears a face shield made from a plastic bottle container, in Caracas.Image Credit: AP
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A woman wearing a face mask decorated with an animal face waits in line for a rapid coronavirus test at a train station in Buenos Aires, Argentina.Image Credit: AP
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A man wears a mask featuring the smile of comic book character The Joker, in Caracas, Venezuela.Image Credit: AP
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Idania Espanola, 63, poses for a photo showing a bra that she will adapt into two face masks, in Cojimar, Cuba, east of Havana.Image Credit: AP
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A man wears a piece of cloth as a face mask at a street market in Caracas, Venezuela.Image Credit: AP
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A mannequin wears a protective face mask outside a shop in Lima, Peru.Image Credit: AP
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A clown in a face mask protests restrictions to contain the spread of COVID-19 which bar clowns from working on the streets outside the National Palace in Mexico City.Image Credit: AP
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A woman wears a scuba and surgical mask while shopping at a market in Lima, Peru.Image Credit: AP
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A man whose mask features US dollar bills stands in line for free food from residents helping others facing economic hardship in the financial district of Montevideo, Uruguay.Image Credit: AP
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A woman wears a home made mask as she walks outside in Caracas, Venezuela.Image Credit: AP
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A youth wears a homemade face mask made of sequenced fabric in Old Havana, Cuba.Image Credit: AP
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John Sanchez wears a face mask with the Spanish message "Resist Peru" as he waits in line to be tested for COVID-19 at Almenara Hospital in Lima, Peru.Image Credit: AP
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 A boy wears a Spiderman face mask in Bogota, Colombia.Image Credit: AP
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 A woman holds paper in her mouth, her alternative to a face mask, as she waits in line for a free lunch from a charity that helps the homeless, in Lima, Peru.Image Credit: AP
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A motorcycle taxi driver wears marijuana motiff mask in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.Image Credit: AP
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An elderly woman wearing a protective face mask and disposable gloves adjusts her headscarf as she takes a walk outside at a nursing home in Caracas, Venezuela.Image Credit: AP
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Emiliana Quispe poses for a portrait wearing a face mask that reads in Spanish: "Stay home. It's not the same as 'shut up at home,'" at the headquarters of the local feminist organization "Mujeres Creando," or Women Creating, where members are making the masks to sell amid the spread of the new coronavirus in La Paz, Bolivia.Image Credit: AP
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Night guard Felix Ortiz wears a mask with the logo of Jurassic World as he poses for a photo in front of a closed store at Market 4, in Asuncion, Paraguay.Image Credit: AP