Latest from Book of Pain: “Those Surgical Masks Really Brought Out Their Eyes”

I went to the hospital on a day when no one else was wearing masks quite yet.

They’d cancelled almost all routine surgeries, and I was pretty much the only patient in there.

Everyone else was medical staff with their faces half covered. Light blue-green fabric over their noses and mouths, elastic band looped behind the ears.

You could hear them breathing underneath it and could imagine each droplet of spittle getting caught behind the barrier no matter what microbes it contained.

I appreciated that nothing could fly out of their face and contaminate my body, but even more so I realized how much the masks really brought out their eyes…

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