I have always thought of patriotism as a motivation that would cause a person to put the interests of country, community and neighbor ahead of narrow self-interest. We now have a situation where many reject wearing masks or getting vaccinated. They see it as a patriotic duty and in the interests of freedom without regard to the impact on country, community or neighbor.
It is interesting to note that a majority of people in that camp seem to be the acolytes of one individual, who will remain nameless. The end result may be that in future gatherings the only ones carrying the virus, and the only ones catching it, will be members of that group. That would seem the likely result since most others, having been vaccinated, will neither pass the virus or catch it.
I hope the CDC or someone is keeping score on this count.