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The Ugly American Unmasked

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After 20 months of working solely and continuously in a COVID Intensive Care Unit, one cannot help but develop a type of COVID Stockholm syndrome, where venturing out into the world is measured in terms of risk of infection. So, it was with great trepidation that I approached a long-awaited dive trip to the Galapagos.

Four of the eight Americans largely refused to wear masks. They were vocal in their opposition and gleeful in their rebellion.

While not the first time I had been there, it remains one of the pinnacles of diving adventures. However, that was not during a life-threatening pandemic that had left me exhausted and focused on the health hazards of traveling....


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