President Biden Talks Monkeypox — Says He Doesn’t Expect Lockdowns, Quarantines To Be Needed In U.S.

Is monkeypox the new COVID-19? As pandemic restrictions are lifted, and access to vaccines and treatments finally allows us to breathe a little easier, are we about to plunge into the next round, with New horrors and millions of other deaths in the United States? President Joe Biden says he doesn’t believe so.

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First, there is an effective vaccine against smallpox in monkeys, and we also know that it does not spread in the same way as COVID-19. For these and other reasons, Biden said that he does not currently foresee monkeypox “risking[ing] to the disturbing level” that COVID-19 presented.

However, he says people should be aware of the risks and use them with caution.

The World Health Organization (WHO) Over the weekend it was reported that there have been 92 confirmed cases and 23 other suspected cases, in areas that do not normally have monkeypox outbreaks, but so far no deaths related to the outbreak. this outbreak.

They also note that all confirmed cases so far are of the West African ethnicity, which has a lower mortality rate (3.6%) than the Congo Basin (10.6%).

Meanwhile, monkeypox is creating another bigoted excuse to attack the LGBTQ community, reminiscent of the anti-gay hate that was widespread at the height of the AIDS crisis, because Many (though not all) cases in this outbreak have involved men who have had the disease who had sex with other men. WHO advisor Andy Seale explains below why that was a mistake.

“This is not a ‘gay disease’ as some on social media have tried to label it. That is not the case. Anyone can get monkeypox from close contact.”

Besides the most obvious dangers of hate and discrimination, the spread of misinformation about a disease also creates danger through a false sense of security, endangering everyone. .


Steph Bazzle

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