Face mask: an instinct for self-preservation, a threat towards facial recognition, or maybe both?

Since the beginning of the century we have witnessed at least three epidemics of trans-boundary nature which have significantly influenced the public perception of diseases as such. Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), which spread across the world in 2002–2004, outbreaks of avian (“bird flu”) and swine (“swine flu”) influenza viruses in 2003–2015, and the Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS), which emerged in 2012–2013 in Saudi Arabia and in 2015 jumped to South Korea. The outbreak of the Ebola epidemic in Africa somewhat stands alone — its…