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Public health and masks are the reason for democracy in the first place.

In ages past, kings took poor care of small farmers and villagers. They protected the inhabitants of the castle during outbreaks while others suffered.

Plutarch tells about a group of people who had their property seized for debts and then were sent to colonize a plague-infested area. In quick order, they rose-up and established the famous Roman democracy, so they could have good health like the wealthy