San Francisco declared a state of emergency due to the spread of monkeypox. The city, with a population of around 843,000, has…261 or 281 cases. Mayor London Breed says the former, and the city’s health department says the latter.
California has 779 confirmed cases.
The state of emergency begins on August 1.
I wonder how the left feels about Breed acknowledging the virus is mostly affecting men who have sexual relations with men:
We know that this virus impacts everyone equally — but we also know that those in our LGBTQ community are at greater risk right now. Our Department of Public Health has been working with community leaders to raise awareness and distributed our limited vaccines for those most at-risk in the community. Our LGBTQ elected leaders like Senator Scott Wiener, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, and Supervisor Matt Dorsey have been leading efforts calling for more support. They’ve been joined by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has always been a champion for public health, as well as community groups like the San Francisco AIDS Foundation and so many others.
Health officials said monkeypox is not spread through the air. The San Francisco Chronicle says, “breathing in close proximity.” You can only get it from “prolonged skin-to-skin contact or bodily fluids.”
Key word: prolonged.
Prolonged: “continuing for a long time or longer than usual; lengthy.”
I cannot find how long it takes for someone to spread monkeypox through skin-to-skin contact, but obviously it takes quite a while.
Airborne or not, monkeypox is not as contagious as COVID “and poses less risk to the general population.”
The city has 8,200 doses of a vaccine. Officials claim they don’t have plans to go iron fist on the public as they did with COVID :
A rapid surge of monkeypox cases in San Francisco has collided with a scarcity of available vaccines. To date, city officials said they’ve received about 8,200 doses of the Jynneos vaccine, which is intended to prevent monkeypox and smallpox in adults.
“We want the flexibility to be able to use our resources to best serve the public and protect health,” San Francisco Health Officer Susan Philip said Thursday. “We also want to affirm our commitment to the health of our LGBTQ communities in San Francisco, as we have historically always done as a city,” she added, referring to the population most impacted by monkeypox so far.
Philip emphasized that she was not planning to call for any closures or restrictions, which distinguishes this emergency declaration from the health orders issued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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