Zebra mussels are an invasive species that get into the water intake pipes of power and water treatment plants. They cause disruptions by clogging up the pipes to a point that the plants often have to shut down temporarily to remove them. Removal is difficult, expensive and time-consuming.

Anti-vaxxers have about the same impact on our hospitals. They are invasive in the sense that most of them could easily have avoided being in the hospital. Yes, there are breakthrough cases of vaccinated people in the hospital with the COVID virus but in most hospitals they make up less than 10% of the COVID patients. That means that at least half or more (perhaps way more) of the unvaccinated patients are there because they failed to take basic reasonability for their own health care and are now putting other people at risk.

I am in my late 70s and I don’t want to be the victim of collateral damage if I need an ICU bed and some ignorant anti-vaxxer is there instead. That is not fair to me or my family.

So if you refuse to get vaccinated and you get really sick with the COVID virus, at least have the decency to stay home. You say you want freedom. You have the freedom to die at home, choking and gasping for air while you try and remember the reason you refused the God-given vaccine.

Stick that in your arm! Better yet, get the shot in your arm. The Donald did.

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Milan Knutson lives in Fargo.

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