The problem with the “motorcycle helmet” analogy – or the “seatbelt” analogy, as every antimasker, antivaxxer, and Karen-coddling journalist mindlessly repeats nonstop – is that you don’t just hurt yourself by refusing to socially distance, mask up, or get vaccinated; you hurt OTHERS.
The better analogy is “drunk driving”. Sure, it can hurt you, and drive up everyone else’s insurance rates, but it also KILLS PEOPLE – LOTS OF THEM. Being in a crowd, unmasked and unvaccinated, is like plowing your car into it, at full speed, with multiple casualties.
It’s a MASS-CASUALTY EVENT, but in slow motion. It might not kill people as quickly as an assault rifle, but it kills them just as dead – while mutating into new and improved (read: vaccine-resistant) variants with every new infection, to kill their grandchildren, too.