The Age of Face Masks

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There is a version of the future in which we continue to burn carbon, pollute the air, and exacerbate global warming to such an extent that our country goes up in flames. Even without a pandemic, I suspect the future of this version would bring billions of us masks.

The future of smoky skies and rising seas lie ahead, and the solidarity we need to combat climate change may be impossible to guarantee. We may hope that our countries, however slow and clumsy, would join forces to stop it, but it's far enough away that it still feels as if it is somehow avoidable. The age of the mask has come, triggered by a very different threat, but the manner of its arrival is a warning.

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