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Public Health Officials Now Complaining About Biden’s Monkeypox Response

Public Health Officials Now Complaining About Biden’s Monkeypox Response

WHO considers declaring monkeypox a global emergency.

It appears that the nation’s public health officials are comparing the Biden administration’s response to the monkeypox outbreak to President Donald Trump’s first actions in the wake of covid, and the comparison is not favorable to the current occupant of the White House.

Public health experts, including within the Biden administration, are increasingly concerned that the federal government’s handling of the largest-ever U.S. monkeypox outbreak is mirroring its cumbersome response to the coronavirus pandemic 2½ years ago, with potentially dire consequences.

As a result, they said, community transmission is occurring largely undetected, and the critical window in which to control the outbreak is closing quickly.

“It’s been unbelievably challenging,” said Lauren Sauer, director of the Special Pathogens Research Network within a government-funded consortium of medical centers focused on pathogens training and education. “It felt like January 2020 all over again.”

There are a few key differences between covid and monkeypox that these officials appear to be missing. Monkeypox is not a novel virus, and current data do not appear to indicate there is evidence of genetic tampering (at least thus far).

The genetic information available so far indicated that, at some point in the last few years, the virus became better at spreading between people, said Trevor Bedford, an evolutionary biologist at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.

“Genomic patterns would suggest this occurred around 2018,” Dr. Bedford said.

If the virus has adapted to include people as hosts, monkeypox outbreaks could become more frequent and more difficult to contain. That carries the risk that monkeypox could spill over from infected people into animals — most likely rodents — in countries outside Africa, which has struggled with that problem for decades. The virus may persist in infected animals, sporadically triggering new infections in people.

Unlike covid (which is an airborne transmissible disease), the current outbreaks are tied to certain types of sexual activity.

Ever since monkeypox started to sicken thousands of people worldwide this spring, two big questions have loomed: Why is a virus that has never managed to spread beyond a few cases outside Africa suddenly causing such a big, global outbreak? And why are the overwhelming majority of those affected men who have sex with men (MSM)?

A long history of work on sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and early studies of the current outbreak suggest the answers may be linked: The virus may have made its way into highly interconnected sexual networks within the MSM community, where it can spread in ways that it cannot in the general population.

Finally, covid caused a significant number of hospitalizations and the infection fatality rates seem to be on par with a bad flu. That is not the case with the current version of monkeypox.

…[T]he current outbreak in Europe presents a very different picture. Dr. Gianfranco Spiteri from the European Center for Disease Control presented data on 373 cases which were reported to the European Union since May 18, 2022. Most cases had lesions on their genitalia or peri-genital areas at the time of presentation. So far, no case has resulted in death. In addition, epidemiological links to Western or Central Africa have not been identified. Of the 91 cases reported to EpiPulse, 88 (100% of those reporting data) were male and 45 (100% of those reporting data) reported MSM (Male sex with Males).

Meanwhile, the World Health Organization is ginning up more pandemic mania, by indicating the agency is weighing whether to declare it an international emergency.

Britain, where almost 800 cases of the virus have been recorded in the past month, has the highest reported number of infections outside of Central and West Africa — and case trends here are worrying experts throughout Europe, the epicenter of the outbreak, who are weighing the best approach in the midst of the years-long coronavirus pandemic.

Monkeypox cases rose almost 40 percent in Britain in under five days, according to data shared by the U.K. Health Security Agency. As of June 16, 574 cases had been recorded, and by June 20, the number had risen to 793.

After Britain, Spain, Germany and Portugal have the most recorded cases. And it’s a growing threat outside of Europe: More than 3,200 cases have been confirmed across 48 nations in the past six weeks, according to the WHO, which publishes data on monkeypox in weekly intervals. As of June 15, one death had been reported.

Unfortunately, I sense public health officials are gearing up to follow the science again . . . the political science, not the one involving either biology or epidemiology.

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Comments

UnCivilServant | June 25, 2022 at 9:04 pm

The only proper response is to do nothing. There is no reason a rounding error of a percetage of cases engaging in high risk behaviour has any impact on the main population. Let the individuals impacted deal with it with their doctors.

And be very suspicious of anyone crying “we must do soemthing”.

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to UnCivilServant. | June 27, 2022 at 11:55 pm

    Doing nothing is the proper response because there is nothing we can realistically do (and this virus isn’t really all that dangerous anyway), but I disagree that this only will affect “high risk” populations. It is spreading in those “high risk” populations right now because R0 is >>1 there, but a virus that spreads by skin to skin contact with blisters should also spread among schoolchildren, among anyone who engages in contact sports, with people who touch each other in large groups for any reason (like at drunken parties or raves), or in places where someone with blisters might touch a large number of people, as in massage parlors.

Solution:mail-in voting ’til further notice!!!

Most Americans have a greater chance of being attacked by a crazy liberal then by Monkeypox. That is a bigger pandemic in this nation.

    Olinser in reply to natdj. | June 25, 2022 at 9:54 pm

    At this point if you aren’t into gay sex you literally have a higher chance of being struck by a bolt of lightning than catching monkeypox.

    r2468 in reply to natdj. | June 26, 2022 at 2:27 am

    Unfortunately if you have sex with crazy liberals you could have both outcomes. Being attacked and catching monkey pox. Be careful out there.

I am guessing the issue isn’t gay sex per se, but festival-like gatherings which people flock to from all over and then return to their home areas.
I could be wrong, don’t have access to raw data, but there seemed to be a direct report consistent with this with the outbreak in Spain.
But no one will say this, because on one hand promiscuity is ok and a person’s “right”, but on the other hand can’t stigmatize some behaviors because not everyone endorses.

    WestRock in reply to MDP. | June 26, 2022 at 7:19 am

    Because we all know – in “festivals” it’s okay to put your penis in anyone’s anus because, well, … It’s a festival! It’s not MSM.

    🤦🏻

      MDP in reply to WestRock. | June 26, 2022 at 3:17 pm

      I never said I approved of such behavior, and I guess I should have put “festivals” in quotation marks myself to make that clear.
      Whether one is male or female, with XX parts or XY parts, the issue that determines the spread of monkey pox is likely how many different partners in what period of time does a person have.
      That is all.

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to MDP. | June 28, 2022 at 12:01 am

    I think it is the amount of skin to skin contact that takes place at these festivals, not sex per se. What matters is pustules/blisters popping and the fluid getting onto another person. There is an evolutionary reason pox viruses produce blisters – they are the primary means of spread.

Complaining about Biden’s Monkeypox response:

Biden doesn’t have a response. He reads cards—-Cheater Cards. The cards tell him when to speak. What to say. When to sit down. When to leave. Etc. Etc.

And complaints should be directed to whomever makes the cards.

    Colonel Travis in reply to Peabody. | June 26, 2022 at 1:47 am

    It’s scary as hell isn’t it

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to Peabody. | June 28, 2022 at 12:05 am

    Biden is a senile puppet. Everyone has known that since he was elected. Biden doesn’t care about Monkeypox, because it won’t get him. He doesn’t have skin to skin contact with strangers. He cares much more about COVID, because COVID is airborne. A new COVID variant could actually kill him.

healthguyfsu | June 25, 2022 at 10:49 pm

This is a false attempt to paint monkeypox in the same echelon as COVID. It won’t work, but it’s an attempt to eventually show the biden special ed white house “rise to the occasion” and defeat this so super serious virus and show how great they are.

This is akin to when he set those pathetic goals for his first 100 days in office and tried to gloat about how he met those low marks.

    CommoChief in reply to healthguyfsu. | June 26, 2022 at 9:36 am

    It’s not a pandemic but it’s not nothing either. The reality is this got loose globally at festival when folks brought it back to their home Nations. It’s not a ‘gay’ disease but it is loose in the gay community. With symptom onset delayed it will be spread via intimate contact. This means that it will spread into the wider society via sexual activity.

    What we should be doing is getting the diagnostic tools and info out to ER and primary care physician, nurses practitioners, physicians asst so they can correctly diagnose. Then begin contact trace and ring immunization. It’s serious but very manageable if we don’t choose to look the other way like the early years of AIDS.

      gospace in reply to CommoChief. | June 26, 2022 at 12:43 pm

      Or, what we should be doing is bring back universal vaccination for smallpox. Which I’ve been an advocate of for a while. The vaccination also works against monkeypox.

      It would be way too easy for a terrorist nation, or a lone terrorist cell with a post grad medico as a member, to dig up and release a smallpox epidemic on the world. That’s one of my nightmare scenarios. Easier to spread and transport than poison gasses. Especially if you’ve got a half dozen or so willing to sacrifice themselves for the cause.

      The_Mew_Cat in reply to CommoChief. | June 27, 2022 at 6:44 pm

      Monkeypox is spread through skin-skin contact, and is not really a sexual disease, either. It is just that people having sex have a lot of contact. I have to wonder what other groups this will spread in now that it is in the gay community. Where else will it go? Will is become good enough at spreading that handshakes will be enough? How about massage parlors? A masseuse with MPX blisters on her hands could infect an awful lot of people. Where else do people touch each other a lot? How about in Kindergarten/grade school? Contact sports? Where else?

“occurring largely undetected”; therefore we must immediately shut down everywhere and inoculate everyone with something.

I’m astounded that there are people who still believe that covid is a novel virus. Covid is/was the biggest scam perpetrated on the people of the United States of America. Those who succumbed were mostly the people who had other debilitating diseases, particularly the elderly.

More people are wearing masks in central texas than last month

I just shake my head and make sure they see me

3000 cases and 1 death in a population of 100s of millions? In what universe does that constitute a problem meriting any response whatsoever?

    natdj in reply to randian. | June 26, 2022 at 7:43 am

    If I remember correctly, our “esteemed” medical ‘experts” have suggested that we wear clothes when having sex and to masterbate 6 feet from one another? This to me means the universe these people (if I can use that term?) is Incompetence or Uranus.

This is a behavioral problem: promiscuity among a large segment of the male gay community. Again. We know how to handle this and even have the vaccines. But citing “inclusiveness”, everyone has to be inconvenienced as if we are all a part of the problem. Another stab by the Malthusian elites at mandating a universal poison poke?

We need a bottom-up solution to this. These top-down solutions are evil. Let’s restore Trump’s order to disengage with the WHO and start dismantling our own corrupt CDC and associated government “health” bureaucracies. Could we discuss this without having being stripped of our constitutional rights for being mentally impaired?

    WestRock in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 26, 2022 at 9:48 am

    We need some sort of solution involving bottoms, just not bottoms up. That’s what caused the problem in the first place.

    CapeBuffalo in reply to Pasadena Phil. | June 27, 2022 at 12:12 pm

    Pasadena,Phil, what, exactly, did you mean by “ a bottom up solution “ ? Are you referring to the anatomical preference of this virus?

Moon Battery | June 26, 2022 at 9:09 am

So they’re advocating for lock downs again. He probably wants this but needs to wait until after the midterm elections.

Exactly what response should there be? And shouldn’t there be an even greater and more urgent response to the problem of rhinovirus? Rhinovirus runs rampant throughout the entire world population and there’s NO CURE. Lock down everything, NOW! Until we can eradicate rhinovirus, how can we even think of dealing other non-threats like monkeypox?

Focus, Biden, focus on the viability of socially liberal trans/homosexual male cohort as AIDS, Covid-19/20/21/22 (excluding planned parent/hood in several Democrat districts) before (including several Democrat districts).

Wait, when did we stop calling it gaybuttsexpox?

This is one of those weeks where there are just so many ways to torment liberals that I frequently don’t know where to start.