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Reader Opinion: Join the COVID fight

By refusing to join the fight you are enabling the virus to spread to new people and those infected people act just like virus incubators.

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If you are one of the many Americans who contributed to society by wearing a mask, practicing social distancing and now getting vaccinated we’ll never know how many times that you stopped the virus. One thing that we can say for sure is that the people who stubbornly refuse to contribute to the fight against the virus that has taken the lives of over 600,000 Americans are putting the entire human race at risk.

By refusing to join the fight you are enabling the virus to spread to new people and those infected people act just like virus incubators. When a person gets infected the virus penetrates the respiratory cells. The virus then instructs the cell to produce more copies of itself until the cell literally explodes and releases the viruses. Each time a copy of the virus is produced there is a risk of mutation. That is where the variants are coming from. Mutations are completely random and there is no way of predicting whether the next mutation will be benign or a variant that is more lethal or unstopped by the vaccine or worst yet more lethal and unstopped by the vaccine. Should that be the case it could burn it’s way through the human population like the wildfires that we see out West. Even with our ability to change the vaccine to match a new variant we simply do not have enough vaccine production capacity to stay in front of a steady stream of variants unless each of us contributes to the fight.

Maybe it’s time to become a contributing member of society. Who knows? The life you save may be someone who matters to you.

John Reynolds

Merrifield

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