Nostalgic horror America? Welcome to monkeypox hysteria. The World Health Organization is holding a second emergency meeting to discuss whether it is a virus. The CDC is issuing warnings and advisories. Fatigue due to this virus is a global emergency that can cause injury and, in some cases, death.
Epidemiologists say this outbreak could have been avoided if more money had been spent researching the cause of domestic animals. Local health centers across the country monitor the number of cases and the spread of the disease.
We all feel familiar with this situation. Our public health “experts” assured us after a quick stutter step that concern about the virus was highly racist. Problems are running high in reality, as they did over COVID.
This time, there are a few significant differences, the first of which is scale.
Since January, Monkeypox has infected 9,200 people in 63 countries, killing three. That’s a .03% fatality rate so far behind the smaller numbers. (In 2020, we saw millions of cases of COVID in the US alone.) The virus requires close contact for long periods and is not easily transmitted.
What are the results of our intensive efforts against monkeypox?
In addition, vaccines are available. The virus can spread through the rash with good health care standards, such as in America and Europe, where the disease is endemic. Nothing more likely than fever and lethargy.
The virus can be transmitted through skin contact. Panicked people try to stave off the madness with dire warnings about public pools during the summer holidays.
But no one seemed to care with compassion because we are sterilized (so to speak) by our experience of overreacting to COVID.
The past two years have seen massive and unprecedented changes in the name of public health in America. Closing schools damages children’s long-term future. Economic depression Lives and livelihoods are destroyed. Funerals, graduation ceremonies, Birthdays: Forbidden; Missed and ignored.
What results do our intense efforts bring us? The virus has killed more than a million of our population, and the virus has gone into remission. Now, COVID is endemic and not dangerous. Protections for vulnerable groups such as the elderly should always be narrowly focused.
Yale public health professor Gregg Gonsalves (who asked the WHO to declare an emergency) warned against the famous COVID. He called for people to allow to manage the risk of monkeypox without shutting down society.
They call me a hypocrite, but this gives me a breather. People should rejoice that these ideologues have lost most of their power.