The State of New York and the City of San Francisco Declare Monkeypox A Public Health Emergency

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Now that the covid-19 crisis has died down a bit, at least from how bad it was in 2020 and 2021, the news media has grabbed ahold of monkeypox as its focus to get people all riled up. Yes, it is in the U.S. but experts tell us it’s nowhere near as dangerous as covid-19 can be. Still, some liberal locations are calling it a public health emergency.

San Francisco Mayor London Breed declared monkeypox to be a public health emergency in the city, while noting that the general public is low risk. “We know that this virus impacts everyone equally — but we also know that those in our LGBTQ community are at greater risk right now,” Breed said. “The most critical need right now is for more vaccines. The federal government distributes vaccine to state health departments and then the California Department of Public Health allocates to counties, such as San Francisco. We have no control over the vaccine amount we receive.” She added, San Francisco needs more support, and we need more action,” she added. “That’s why we are declaring a Local Emergency.

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The state of New York has recorded 1,251 cases of monkeypox so far, state Health Commissioner Mary Bassett said. She has issued a Declaration of an Imminent Threat to Public Health for Monkeypox Virus.

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“This declaration means that local health departments engaged in response and prevention activities will be able to access additional State reimbursement, after other Federal and State funding sources are maximized, to protect all New Yorkers and ultimately limit the spread of monkeypox in our communities,” Bassett said.

This comes after the World Health Organization called monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern last week. Only 6 of its 15-member committee agreed with that decision, however.

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Covid-19 turned the world upside down and some people are still on edge. That’s understandable but hopefully, we won’t have an overreaction every time a virus starts spreading. Are you concerned about monkeypox?

Stacey Warner

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