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The corona canary in the coalmine

Brendan O'Connor


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People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus

People wearing face masks to protect against the spread of the coronavirus

Who's laughing now? Everyone thought I was daft a few weeks ago when I was stocking up on face masks. My face masks could be my fortune now as I auction them off to the highest bidder.

So we went off to the Canaries to clear the head. There were several rows in the run-up to the trip every time I brought up the issue of the face masks. The kids were refusing point blank, while at the same time worrying about getting coronavirus. I tried to be reasonable, pointing out that worrying would not prevent coronavirus but face masks would, so why not stop worrying and wear a face mask? The older one got onside a bit and decorated one of them in a Minion style for the younger one.

I figured we would leave it alone until the actual day of travel. I was sure that once we got to the airport and they saw everyone else in their face masks, they'd put them on. Trouble was, there was nobody at the airport with face masks on.