The coronavirus spread rapidly across the globe. One person at a time, it has passed through millions, reaching every corner of the earth. And it has not only infected people, taken innocent lives, but it has reshaped society in lasting ways. From how we travel and where we live, to the level of security and surveillance we’re accustomed to, to how we work and interact and even to the language we use.
But if there is a symbol that completely captures the zeitgeist and the magnitude of this change, it is the surgical facemask. When history looks back on the pandemic of 2020, those white, blue or mulitcoloured objects that hide the mouth and nose will be what we see.
Below, a collection of images from staff photojournalist Vincent Muchangi captures people doing their best to keep others and themselves safe during these corona times.
These images will serve to chronicle this moment in history for years to come.