Chicago’s Dean Richards returns to work after a bout with COVID-19: ‘This virus is sneaky.’

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Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune
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Dean Richards, the longtime WGN-Channel 9 and WGN 720-AM personality, is to return to the airwaves Sunday morning after recovering from the COVID-19 virus.

Richards, whose illness was first reported by the media columnist Robert Feder, said he felt fortunate that his relatively mild symptoms had not been more serious.

“I thought I was being super-careful,” he told the Tribune Friday. “All I can say to people is, if you think that too ... be even more careful. This virus is sneaky.”

Richards, 66, said he plans to broadcast his Sunday morning WGN radio show from home.

Dating back to the days of the late Roy Leonard, the show long has been a locus for arts and entertainment coverage. On Sunday’s show, Richards said, he plans to talk to Emily Blunt and Jamie Dornan about their new Irish movie, “Wild Mountain Thyme,” a new adaptation of John Patrick Shanley’s play “Outside Mullingar.”

Chris Jones is a Tribune critic.

cjones5@chicagotribune.com