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Newborn Babies in Coronavirus Face Shields: Adorable or Disturbing — or Adorably Disturbing?

A nurse holding a newborn baby wearing a face shield, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP/Getty

Newborn babies are being given tiny face shields to protect against the coronavirus — and voracious content providers are sharing the pictures with internet users. But are the PPE-adorned bundles of joy an adorable uplift during a crisis, or a disturbing sign of the times?

Sky News reports that tiny face-shields being given to newborn infants in Thailand to ward off the coronavirus:

Newborn babies at a hospital in Thailand are being given face shields in an effort to protect them from the coronavirus.

Pictures from Praram 9 Hospital in the capital Bangkok show them wearing the shields in the maternity ward.

This week, several websites created content centered around the minuscule protective gear, with varying levels of information padding to go along with the thinly-disguised traffic ploy. Buzzfeed directed readers to the hospital’s Facebook page, which features a BBC Thai report on the babies and their pandemic accessories.

As it turns out, any jerk with a Getty Images account can just throw pictures of adorable babies in coronavirus gear onto their website, like this:

A nurse holding a newborn baby wearing a face shield, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP/Getty

Or this:

A nurse holding a newborn baby wearing a face shield, in an effort to halt the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus

Lillian Suwanrumpha, AFP/Getty

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