I Bought N-95s Masks in 2018, A Whole Year Before Covid-19 Hit, Because I Read Newspapers

In December of 2018, after reading a newspaper story that said we were overdue for a pandemic, I bought a 10-pack of N-95 masks and showed the box to my family.

“I know this is kind of silly,” I remember saying, feeling like a crazy doomsday prepper. “But, you know, if the worst happens, we’ll be glad to have these.” If the Steven King novel of my imagination, or rather King’s imagination, ever came to be, I reasoned, the last place I’d want to be was inside a drugstore full of…