face masks

My thoughts on Helen Mirren’s casting

15 January 2022 9:00 am

On Monday, I had a whinge-walk with Lizzie, my friend of 47 years. We met at breathing classes for our…

The tyranny of Boris Johnson’s mask mandate

28 November 2021 10:25 am

Today the government has said that for the next three weeks it will be mandatory to wear masks in shops…

The Covid pantomime at my father’s memorial

25 September 2021 9:00 am

This last weekend I attended the memorial service for my father, who died in July. This isn’t a bid for…

Should trains have mask and non-mask carriages?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

In deciding whether or not to wear a mask after 19 July, I am sure Boris Johnson is right that…

Who was the first to wear a face mask?

10 July 2021 9:00 am

Mask crusader Who first wore a medical face mask? — The beaked outfits worn by plague doctors aside, the first…

The economic case for ditching mask mandates

6 July 2021 8:04 pm

After many months of hardship and sacrifice, freedom is finally within grasp. Boris Johnson has reclaimed his buccaneering, libertarian spirit…

The luxury of being pro-lockdown

19 June 2021 9:00 am

I’ve just written an essay for the People’s Lockdown Inquiry, a new collaboration between Buckingham University, the Institute of Ideas…

The polarising power of plague

12 June 2021 9:00 am

Now that the government has kindly allowed us to go out again, I wonder if anyone has discovered the same…

The strange theatre of mask-wearing

22 May 2021 9:00 am

However surreal and dystopian the pandemic landscape seemed at first, no enduring vista feels ‘surreal’ and ‘dystopian’ indefinitely. Citizenries uniformly…

The Trump nightmare isn’t over

15 May 2021 9:00 am

What would happen to the Republicans after Donald Trump? That has been one of the pundits’ favourite themes in the…

Face masks in schools: a note on the evidence

24 February 2021 11:54 pm

Secondary-school children returning to school from 8 March will be required to wear masks in classrooms, at least for several…

My cure for the common cold

19 December 2020 9:00 am

You really don’t want to know about my coughs and sneezes, particularly during the festive season, but bear with me…

Is zero Covid achievable? A scientific debate about the virus

19 December 2020 9:00 am

A scientific debate about the virus

fake medical

Criminal gangs are making billions from fake medical supplies during COVID

24 November 2020 6:14 am

While it’s great news that Pfizer, BioNTech, AstraZeneca and other pharmaceutical companies are developing vaccines to prevent people from getting…

Landmark Danish study shows face masks have no significant effect

19 November 2020 6:45 pm

Do face masks work? Earlier this year, the UK government decided that masks could play a significant role in stopping…

The transatlantic mask divide

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Should we wear our masks? The question has been on my mind as I have been battered that way and…

Dear Mary: How can my celebrity husband still be recognised in a face mask?

10 October 2020 9:00 am

Q. I am running out of suitable responses to a friend who now has the slightest possible connection to one…

Will the next U-turn be on face masks at work?

27 August 2020 12:20 am

There’s a new trend emerging when it comes to Covid-19 policy: where Scotland leads, England follows. In recent weeks, decisions…

The danger of following ‘the science’

22 August 2020 9:00 am

I have decided to divorce my wife after 31 years on scientific grounds. Though perfectly happy, on reassessing my original…

Dear Mary: What can I do about fellow passengers who won’t wear face masks?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

Q. On my way to Devon recently I stopped for lunch with an impeccably mannered friend. He produced first crab…

Letters: Will office workers ever want to return?

15 August 2020 9:00 am

The future of offices Sir: I agree with much of Gerard Lyons’s article about the future of the capital (‘London…

Letters: How to slim down the nation

8 August 2020 9:00 am

Peer review Sir: A neat solution to the levels of inactivity of some members of the House of Lords (‘Peer…

Letters: What cycle helmets can tell us about face masks

1 August 2020 9:00 am

Masking the truth Sir: Matthew Parris is right to laud the importance of embracing the scientific method (‘Why should opinion…

Why should I have to wear a face mask to give blood?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

Why should I have to wear a mask to give blood?

In an age of science, why are face masks a matter of opinion?

25 July 2020 9:00 am

In 1846 Vienna, as across much of the world, a relatively new disease called puerperal (or ‘childbed’) fever had reached…