There’s a strange dualism that’s attached to life under lockdown. With an almost unfaltering belief that normality will return, we make plans for “when this is over” – the friends we’ll see, places we’ll go, things we’ll do. Lurking alongside that optimism is the much darker, more unsettling knowledge that life will never be the same.

Perhaps it’s an irrepressible belief in the power of science that informs the former; the macabre metronome of infection, the latter...

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