Sean Thomas

East Asia’s mask obsession is a catastrophe the West must avoid

Commuters wearing masks in Bangkok, Thailand (Credit: Getty images)

In the Red Square Rooftop Vodka Bar of the sleekly towering Novotel Hotel, on soi 4, Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok, it feels like the last three harrowing years never really happened. 

By day the sunny rooftop poolside is strewn with happy Europeans, Americans, Brazilians, Indians, consuming excellent wagyu burgers and freely flowing margaritas.

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