The Mask Is an Outward Sign of Inward Things

Dr. Anthony Fauci wears a lab equipment-themed mask at a COVID-19 response event with President Joe Biden at the White House, January 21, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)
This isn't a medical question anymore; it's a question of cultural allegiance.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he CDC has updated its recommendations for masking, having heard the vaccinated masses cry out with one voice: Let my people go! The federal recommendation has been liberalized, but retailers, restaurants, municipal transit agencies, and the like still will have to work out rules of their own. The politico-spiritual warfare over masking rules is far from over — because it was never simply a question of public health and prudence.

In the pre-vaccine era, I took a summer trip with family to Aspen. It’s a long drive from Texas, but we have a convertible and a dachshund who likes road trips.


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