As the world retreated into lockdown following the spread of Covid-19, a sense of common suffering prompted many to contemplate the arbitrariness of human status distinctions, as politicians, celebrities and football stars alike fell prey to the virus. “[Covid-19] doesn’t care about how rich you are, how famous you are, how funny you are, how smart you are, where you live, how old you are ... It’s the great equaliser,” reflected pop star Madonna on Instagram Live. The grim reaper’s hand, after all, cannot be stayed by cash, fame or fancy titles. 

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