To the Editor:
What if COVID-19 was deemed biological warfare, something long considered to be a real threat; that some foreign nation had released an unknown, deadly contagion into the U.S. somehow, and the only way to combat this was for everyone to do his or her duty as an American citizen: wear masks and receive a vaccine in order to defend our nation’s security and freedom?
Perhaps this is a test of our nation’s ability to respond to biological warfare, one which we have seemingly failed. We are not prepared to respond and step up to do what’s necessary to combat the contagion. Our weakness has been exposed and can be exploited in the future: turn the nation on itself by threatening individual freedoms and sowing doubt and discord.
Masks, social distancing and vaccines won’t make COVID magically go away. We’ve missed that window of opportunity. The side effects of wearing a mask and getting vaccinated are reported and acknowledged; however, they are negligible when compared to the deaths and long-term side effects related to the infection itself.
Another perspective: the consequences of our decisions. The freedom to choose what we do with our own bodies is a right we value immensely.
I just donated to a young family’s GoFundMe campaign. The father refused to wear a mask or get vaccinated. He lost to COVID. Now he leaves behind a wife and two little girls, with one on the way, and a mountain of medical bills for his wife to deal with. They didn’t deserve that. No one does.
One final perspective: risks. Do I take my chances with COVID, or do I take my chances with the vaccine? Both options present risks: death, unknown immune responses, unknown side effects. Personally, I took my chances with the vaccine. The result: I experienced a mild fever for about 8 hours after my first dose. Second dose was a walk in the park. And now, I can say I enjoy greater confidence knowing that when (or if) I get COVID, I will suffer little and likely survive without complications.