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The World Health Organization (WHO) declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) July 23, 2022
Instead of looking at facts, the secretary-general decided to declare the global health emergency due to a bunch of “unknowns” from those around him:
First, the information provided by countries – which in this case shows that this virus has spread rapidly to many countries that have not seen it before;
Second, the three criteria for declaring a public health emergency of international concern, which have been met;
Third, the advice of the Emergency Committee, which has not reached consensus;
Fourth, scientific principles, evidence and other relevant information – which are currently insufficient and leave us with many unknowns;
And fifth, the risk to human health, international spread, and the potential for interference with international traffic.
WHO’s assessment is that the risk of monkeypox is moderate globally and in all regions, except in the European region where we assess the risk as high.
There is also a clear risk of further international spread, although the risk of interference with international traffic remains low for the moment.
So in short, we have an outbreak that has spread around the world rapidly, through new modes of transmission, about which we understand too little, and which meets the criteria in the International Health Regulations.
For all of these reasons, I have decided that the global monkeypox outbreak represents a public health emergency of international concern.
I’m trying to find the three criteria needed to declare a global health emergency, but I cannot find them. I’m not shocked. I’ll keep looking.
Let’s look at the numbers. Emphasis mine:
More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been reported across 75 countries so far this year, and the number of confirmed infections rose 77% from late June through early July, according to WHO data. Men who have sex with men are currently at highest risk of infection.
Five deaths from the virus have been reported in Africa this year. No deaths have been reported outside Africa so far.
So, putting the infections into perspective doesn’t make it quite a big deal.
- 16,000 cases across 75 countries. That’s a tiny blip on the radar.
- NO deaths outside of Africa. Only five deaths in Africa.
- Gay men have it the most.
Okay, yes, leftists. Go ahead and tell me I’m downplaying people’s suffering. But does it need to be a global health emergency?
Or are these bureaucrats hungry for the power they received from COVID that they’ll do anything to get it back? Don’t answer. It’s a rhetorical question.
I see the media is trying to make it appear worse than it is by saying infections grew “77% from late June through early July” and Europe has “more than 80% of confirmed infections worldwide in 2022.”
But the U.S. only has 2,000 cases in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico.
95% of the cases come from sexual activity. So is it another sexually transmitted infection (STI)? No one wants to talk about the fact that it comes from men having sex with men (MSM) (emphasis mine):
“I think we have to talk more about sex,” says Yale School of Public Health epidemiologist and former HIV activist Gregg Gonsalves. “Everybody has been very clear about stigma, and saying it over and over again. The point is that you still have to address the risk of infection in our community.”
But most researchers say such “ascertainment bias” is unlikely to explain the striking pattern. Although some monkeypox patients have mild infections that may be missed or misdiagnosed, others have very characteristic rashes and agonizing pains that require hospitalization for pain treatment. If many people outside the MSM community had monkeypox, more would have shown up in the statistics by now.
Ashleigh Tuite, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the University of Toronto, says she “understands the hesitation” to focus on MSM, given the risk of stigma that could worsen discrimination and cause those who are affected to delay seeking care. “But based on the data that we have, and based on the contact tracing that’s been done, it’s very clear that this is an MSM-focused outbreak at this point,” she says. “Anyone can get monkeypox, but we’re seeing disease activity primarily among” MSM, confirms Demetre Daskalakis, an HIV prevention specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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