I was in Melbourne in late January, watching as more and more people donned face masks to protect themselves against the bushfire smoke that had thickened the air for weeks and…
- Tim Flannery
- The Guardian
Turning on the news, I was surprised to see footage of crowds in China similarly masked, but for a very different reason.
Hundreds were then dying in Wuhan, Hubei province, from a novel virus.
When I asked Australia’s chief medical officer about the virus that same week, I could see the concern in his eyes.
But my attention…