Please keep in mind that disease carrying ticks aren’t gonna give you a sympathy break. They don’t know, and they simply don’t care about our problems.
Recommended avoidance of crowds, combined with the arrival of Spring have caused a very noticeable upshot in readers hitting trail reviews on this site. Walking trails out in the fresh, clean air is a wonderful thing, but please be advised that ticks are out there and stirring … right now. So, I’d like to remind you to take precautions against infection from black legged deer ticks. I wrote a post on the subject back in 2018 :
As well, last Summer a dreaded “Lone Star” tick was positively identified in South – Central Ontario. This tick can infect you with a disease that causes an allergic reaction to red meat. There is no known treatment.
In closing, please understand, I’m not trying to frighten anyone (or maybe I am, if that’s what it takes). I can’t help but think that, were it not for Covid 19, the media would be broadcasting this tick reminder. So, while they’re busy with that, I’ll issue this. The last thing you need is to worry about is going to a hospital for a potential Lyme disease infection during a Covid 19 pandemic. Please don’t be afraid to go enjoy a trail walk, just remember to practice tick safety as you would’ve anyway.