During World War II, the U.S. civilian population supported the war effort by reducing consumption of materials needed by the military. This effort was conducted through rationing: ration coupon books were issued to families to conserve on food, shoes, metals, paper, tires, cars and nylon.

Some personal freedom was postponed to ensure the freedom of our nation.

Compare that support effort to the current war effort against COVID-19. Anti-mask and anti-vaccination fixations — based on misinformation and fear — give the enemy time and victims to transmogrify into perhaps a more lethal and even more contagious variant.

Are you waiting for a COVID variant that produces 50% mortality in the host species?

DAVID FITCH

Astoria