Travel With COVID: In The Midwest, Casual Attitudes Lay The Tracks For Delta Surge

One day when they write about the surprise delta surge that hit the United States during the summer of 2021, historians will probably note that it wasn’t much of a surprise. All along, people — and particularly travelers — were laying the tracks for a sharp rise in cases.

I know because I was there.

In Chicago, where I spent a week after visiting New England, attitudes toward COVID 19 seemed guarded among the local population but off the rails for some visitors. And in Iowa, despite the best efforts of tourism officials, there was a sense that COVID wasn’t a problem in the wide-open spaces. But it

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