(3TV/CBS5/CBS News) -- Romance is in the air in the Philippines, but so are concerns over the potentially deadly coronavirus. So, what better way to say "I love you" this Valentine's Day than a bouquet that may help protect against the virus?

The "anti-coronavirus" bouquet contains a face mask, bottle of sanitizer, gloves, and even some toothpaste. It's her answer to the viral outbreak, recently named COVID-19, which began in China and has now infected more than 60,000 people globally.

Villegas has called the arrangement the "anti-nCoV" (Novel coronavirus) bouquet. She said she came up with it because, in part, she is "scared" of the rapid spread of the virus.

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"I thought of this because we have this coronavirus and so that people can have an idea that flowers are not the only thing you can give during Valentine's," she explains.

The virus has killed more than 1,300 people.

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"I am scared of the virus," confesses Villegas. "Of course, we don't know if the people we mingle with are sick, we want to live longer, that is why I made this."

The bouquet is slightly more expensive than other flowers in the store. But she says it still appeals to some romantics doing their Valentine's Day shopping.

Businessman Mark Richard Gigantone has decided it's the perfect present."I want my gift to be different," he says. "I always give flowers to my wife. This is unusual and it also provides protection from the virus."

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention does not recommend that people wear masks for protection if they are well. Instead it recommends avoiding close contact with people who are sick, avoiding touching your face with unwashed hands, staying inside when sick, covering your cough or sneeze with a tissue, disinfecting surfaces and washing your hands often.

 

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