COVID continues to be concerning. The virus mutates, cases spike, though hospitalizations and deaths are fewer, and everyone is beat weary by caution and isolation, testing and masking.

OK, so what? We’ve never been through a pandemic in our lives. It’s unpredictable but real. It seems to be easing but is likely not to leave us alone anytime soon. 

So let’s stop pounding on those seeking to protect us. Whether that is Oak Park’s public health department, local school boards bringing back modest new masking requirements, or individuals who for very good reasons choose to remain masked in indoor public spaces. 

The path forward will have bumps. Let’s leave bruised egos and politicized overreactions behind us.

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