Masks and Quarantine: The Voice of the Poor

What does “disease containment” mean for those who are poor, need to go to work, and live in the isolation of house quarantine without a mask? A letter published in this week’s Lancet offers a glimpse.









Image Source: L0010245 Photograph: plague mask of oil-cloth with bronze beak. 18th century. Photograph. Credit: Wellcome Library, London. Wellcome Images,,; Copyrighted work available under Creative Commons Attribution only licence CC BY 4.0.


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