To the Editor:
As I write this, the state of Illinois is on the cusp of moving into Phase 3 – an easing of the restrictions on businesses and gatherings. It is tempting to think that we’ve “won” – that the threat from COVID-19 is pretty much over; that our sacrifices over the last two months have been successful.
We may feel we’ve done our bit, and it’s time to get back to what was normal. But the threat still very much exists. The virus is still out there.
Statewide, we’re still averaging more than 2,000 new cases and about 100 deaths a day (that’s 100 individual tragedies), and in DeKalb County, we’ve seen a steady eight to 10 people newly infected each day for the past several weeks – and that’s with social distancing, mask-wearing and shelter-in-place orders.
If we let our guard down and stop taking this pandemic seriously, we’ll see those numbers climb again and with them, the more stringent restrictions of Phase 2 or even Phase 1.
So please, let’s enjoy our increased freedom, but let’s also remain cautious.