Editor: It’s that time of year again. With summer on the horizon, the days are heating up. Brentwood locals are prepared for the Memorial Day rush, marking the start of the U-Pick season. But anyone living in the Bay Area knows the beauty of summertime is often obscured by itchy eyes.

Seasonal allergies seem to be on the rise. Talk to anyone suffering from the sniffles and they will tell you that they have never been this bad before. But according to Dr. Camille Walter, “While allergies continue to affect growing numbers of California residents, the pollen count doesn’t trend in proportion to those affected.” So, what is really going on?

COVID-19 is running rampant through our community, and no one wants to acknowledge it. Instead, people are blaming obvious COVID symptoms on seasonal allergies. While many people refuse to wear masks in public, it has become apparent that the word “allergies” is the new mask to cover COVID symptoms. I call on the county health board to shut things back down until people are willing to face the music. We are in a pandemic, and blaming the farms for your symptoms is not only disingenuous, but also dangerous!

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