The second, if not the third, surge of COVID-19 is taking place across most of the world.

It is interesting watching responses, be they individual or from a group, company or political unit. Unfortunately, the aspect of wearing a mask has been politicized.

Last weekend at the Nebraska state volleyball tournament, players on the court were wearing masks during competition.

The coaches and players on the sidelines of both Big Ten and NFL games were wearing masks.

In our largest city, Avera is running their own full page ads, plus more ads with multiple sponsors, including Sanford and the South Dakota Medical Association, encouraging wearing masks.

A paradox was pointed out to me. 3M in Aberdeen announced last week now that they are adding two new production lines that will increase mask production to 90 million per month by the end of 2020. In 2019, production was 22 million masks per month. The picture from the Aberdeen paper had our Congressional delegation – Thune, Rounds and Johnson all with masks – and Governor Noem without one.

We are all responsible for our own actions. As the situation gets worse and more complex, we all may have to compromise, a concept that has been missing for a while.