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The Meaning of the Mask

The COVID mask represents a conflict between liberty and duty that spans the arc of American history.

During a pandemic of a respiratory illness like COVID-19, wearing a mask helps reduce the spread of the disease by disrupting the diffusion of airborne droplets produced during normal activity like talking. Masks are a key part of the program of public safety that has allowed countries like China and Germany to manage…

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J. Bradley Chen

J. Bradley Chen

Exploring American politics from the view of an engineer.