I’m…shocked. No panic like with COVID, where if someone who had COVID died, they all say they died *of* COVID.
Texas reported the first death in the U.S. of a person with monkeypox:
The Texas Department of State Health Services has confirmed the first death of a person diagnosed with monkeypox in Texas. The patient was an adult resident of Harris County who was severely immunocompromised. The case is under investigation to determine what role monkeypox played in the death.
“Monkeypox is a serious disease, particularly for those with weakened immune systems,” said Dr. John Hellerstedt, DSHS Commissioner. “We continue to urge people to seek treatment if they have been exposed to monkeypox or have symptoms consistent with the disease.”
People should contact their health care provider if they have fever, chills, swollen lymph nodes and a new, unexplained rash. People who are diagnosed with monkeypox should stay home and avoid close contact with others until the rash has fully resolved, the scabs have fallen off and a fresh layer of intact skin has formed.
However, unlike during the COVID panic, the media stresses the fact that the patient was “severely immunocompromised.” CBS even put it in its headline: Texas confirms first U.S. death in monkeypox outbreak, says patient was “severely immunocompromised”
I also noticed the media is careful with its reporting. From CBS News:
The patient’s death is the first publicly reported by health authorities in the U.S. during the current monkeypox outbreak. However, health officials cautioned that it was too early to say for sure exactly what role monkeypox actually played in the death.
Local officials said the patient died Sunday in a hospital with “various severe illnesses” in Texas’ Harris County, and that autopsy results are expected “in the next few weeks.”
The patient was an adult with a severely compromised immune system who lived in the Houston area, health officials said. The case is under investigation to determine what role monkeypox played in the individual’s death, officials said.
Monkeypox is generally not life threatening, but people with compromised immune systems are at higher risk of severe disease. Patients typically develop lesions that often look similar to pimples or blisters and cause excruciating pain.
I mention the reporting because everyone was so quick to blame everything on COVID. Die in a car crash when you had COVID? COVID killed you!
Words matter. With or of. With: You died with the virus or infection inside you. Of: The virus or infection either caused or had a hand in your death.
The media barely mentioned that most of those who died of COVID had compromised immune systems, had diabetes, were elderly, or were overweight.
Articles about this person dying with monkeypox include warnings “that those who are at ‘increased risk for severe monkeypox disease’ include children under the age of 8, people who are pregnant or immunocompromised, and people who have previously had eczema.” Officials are most concerned about people who have HIV.
Men who have sexual relationships with other men make up most of the monkeypox patients. New research strengthened the argument.
Leslie wrote on Monday that monkeypox cases have fallen in major cities. She noted a survey found that American gay and bisexual men have “cut down on sexual activity in response to the global monkeypox outbreak.”
WHO also received a request to classify monkeypox as a sexually transmitted infection.
The Democrats, CDC, and the media (until now, I guess) wanted to make monkeypox the next COVID. California, Illinois, and New York declared state and public health emergencies. A few leftist cities declared a state of emergency. WHO declared monkeypox a global health emergency.
The CDC even tried to slip masks (man, that is such a trigger word now) into its suggestions on protecting yourself when anyone knows monkeypox isn’t airborne. The Texas Department of State Health Services warned people monkeypox spreads through close contact:
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact with someone with a new, unexplained rash.
- Avoid close, skin-to-skin contact in large crowds where people are wearing minimal clothing, such as nightclubs, festivals, raves, saunas, and bathhouses.
- Do not share cups, utensils, bedding or towels with someone who is sick.
- Stay home when you are sick.
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