Masks

Old photos misleadingly linked to end of outdoor mask mandate in South Korea

Updated on 09/05/2022 at 09:31

Two images have circulated online in South Korea alongside a claim they show foreign students not wearing face masks while local students kept theirs on after the government lifted its outdoor mask mandate. While a poll found majority of South Koreans still prefer masking outdoors, the photos were shared in a misleading context. The first image of a group of maskless foreign students predates the Covid pandemic, while the second photo circulated in news reports weeks before South Korea's outdoor mask mandate was eased.