The Mask: Our Fear of Authenticity

There has been huge controversy over the UK’s response to Covid-19. With social distancing restrictions constantly fluctuating, the wearing of face masks has become one of the most contentious issues. There have been countless incidents where grocery store employees have been verbally and physically assaulted for asking shoppers to wear masks. I find it intriguing that such a neutral piece of protective gear is causing so much outrage. It seems that it isn’t the mask itself, but what it ‘represents’ that troubles people.

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