Magazine August 24, 2020, Issue

Zen and the Art of Mask Maintenance

A traveler on a plane at Cairo International Airport, Egypt, June 18, 2020 (Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)

Last summer, just a smidgen more than a year ago — months before COVID-19 was even a twinkle in the universe’s eye — supermodel Naomi Campbell unveiled a YouTube video that was nothing short of prophetic. Like many great soothsayers, Campbell faced an almost immediate storm of incredulity, scorn, and mockery, at least at first. Today, one can only marvel at her foresight.

In the July 2019 video, which has since racked up more than 3 million views, the fashion legend blithely detailed how she thoroughly degerms her airplane seat and surroundings before each and every flight. The U.K. Guardian, agog

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