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Crust Punk’s DIY Face Mask Gives Him 32 Other Diseases

BOULDER, Colo. — Local crust punk Aaron Beckman compromised his health this week when his self-made coronavirus facemask inadvertently exposed him to 32 other rare and deadly diseases, local medical staff report.

“The patient was admitted on Tuesday showing several symptoms of coronavirus, but when we ran our tests, we realized he was also carrying something called ‘Badger Flu,’ along with the first ever documented case of triple syphilis,” said Dr. Heather Stansfield during a press briefing. “He would be an incredible case study if he weren’t also the greatest biological threat of the last 500 years.”

Beckman reportedly made the facemask out of a torn, sweaty T-shirt sleeve tied together with the discarded red bands from a pack of Oscar Mayer bologna, an apparatus that doctors deemed “ineffective” and “completely disgusting.”

“I heard there weren’t many masks left, and I’m banned from every Walgreens in the city anyways, so I figured I’d just use whatever I had and make it work,” Beckman said in a phone call from his heavily quarantined hospital bed. “I grabbed my supplies from the cleanest dumpster I could find — I honestly didn’t think I’d end up with a rabies and gonorrhea hybrid. But hey, at least they’re gonna name it after me, so that’s pretty sweet.”

While Beckman’s heart appeared to be in the right place, doctors strongly cautioned against making DIY masks with assorted garbage and food waste.

“We understand that the mask shortage has a lot of people wanting to help out by using what they already have, but in this particular case, it honestly just made things so much worse.” Dr. Stansfield said. “If you’re considering making your own mask, please at least make sure you wash your Leftöver Crack shirt before cutting off the sleeves… and maybe try a shoelace for the tie-around part, instead of something with rotten meat flakes on it.”

“Now if you’ll excuse me,” she added, “I’ve got to go cure fucking Ebola again because of this kid.”

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