German train company urges passengers to ditch deodorant so people wear face masks properly

The campaign has received rave reviews on social media.
The campaign has received rave reviews on social media. Photo credit: Twitter/Getty

A German transportation company is urging passengers to abandon their deodorant to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Berlin's transportation operator BVG has launched a new advertising campaign, focused on getting people to wear their masks properly.

"Given that so many people think they can wear their masks under their noses, we're getting tough," reads the advert. 

The text is accompanied by a stick figure of a man spraying deodorant, with a big red cross over him. 

"So, you still want to keep your nose free?" it asks. 

BVG posted the advert on Twitter where it received thousands of likes and comments. Some people poked fun at the new recommendations, saying they thought it had "long been a condition of the carriages". 

Masks or other makeshift face coverings are mandatory in Germany to protect against the spread of COVID-19. It is required people cover their mouth and nose while shopping, going to the doctor, or on public transport. However some people still wear the masks incorrectly by placing them over their mouth but under their nose.

Germany currently has 198,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 9086 people have died from the virus, according to a tracker operated by Johns Hopkins University.