Drinking Fountain | Bridgeport, WA | May 2020
Hard water has its secrets. It streams clear but deposits minerals that accumulate into trouble. It’s a vivid reminder that the current contagion isn’t our first encounter with phantom phenomena. In fact, we’re old hands at dealing with the invisible — gas leaks, airborne allergens, E. coli on smartphones, push-up bras — and have cultivated defenses to handle them. Smell, mucus, white blood cells. (There’s no defense against pronounced cleavage.) Now we reinforce ourselves with masks, sanitizer, distancing and hand washing — remarkably easy precautions to thwart this unseen threat.