The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that it is tracking “multiple cases” of monkeypox in the United States and in other countries and urging health care providers to be on the lookout for patients with rashes regardless of specific risk factors such as travel, gender or sexual orientation.
As of May 30, the Useless CDC says there are 15 confirmed cases in the U.S. in eight states – three in each Commie California and Florida, two in each Colorado, and New York, and one in each Massachusetts, Virginia, and Washington.
A disease historically and largely confined to Africa and thought to be endemic in certain rodent species, monkeypox is raising questions about how public health officials should respond to this ancient virus.
The appearance of monkeypox comes at a time of growing skepticism over the public health community’s nearly two-and-one-half-year-old response to COVID-19 amid fresh reports of rising coronavirus cases and hospitalizations across the country. Are measures such as lockdowns, school closures, and mask mandates being considered to deal with monkeypox?
Pandemic “Extremely Unlikely”
In a wide-ranging May 23 interview with The Daily Signal, Brenda Fitzgerald, a former director of the CDC, points out that it is “extremely unlikely” that monkeypox will trigger a pandemic because monkeypox “is completely unlike COVID.”
“The problem with COVID-19 is that it was a new virus and you had to make some assumptions about what it would do and then act accordingly,” she said. “And we may have not done that correctly, or in my opinion, maybe not have evaluated correctly what to do. But this is a completely different business because this is a known virus…”
Asked about conflicting messages from public health officials on wearing masks or whether asymptomatic people could spread the coronavirus, Fitzgerald distanced herself from such statements. “In my opinion, those comments should never have been made with an unknown disease.”
Real, not Modeled Case History
Fitzgerald, who directed the Useless CDC from July 2017 to January 2018, noted that monkeypox infected 47 people in the Midwest in 2003. “The important thing about [monkeypox] was that it was transferred in a way that we were well familiar with, in that they got it from animals. In this particular case, they were prairie dogs that are being sold as pets.”
“And the most important thing is, nobody else gave it,” she added. “The person-to-person transmission for this virus is that you’re exposed to the lesions, so you have cold, prolonged face-to-face contact.”
Because there was no case history of COVID-19, public health officials resorted to computer modeling in recommending public protection measures.
In an email to opinion leaders, Jane Orient, M.D., the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, president of Physicians for Civil Defense , and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute, which co-publishes Health Care News, says there are other facts about monkeypox and cites Dr. Robert Malone, a pioneer in the development of mRNA technology and who has written about monkeypox “fear porn” in his blog.
“There is no evidence of asymptomatic transmission of monkeypox, and all current cases in the West appear to be men having sex with men, writes,” Orient told her readers.
During the pandemic, Malone criticized the safety and efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines, which got him removed from Twitter for spreading “misinformation.”
Orient points to other key differences between COVID-19 and monkeypox.
“The pox virus is a DNA virus. Unlike RNA viruses, DNA viruses mutate very slowly,” she wrote. “Monkeypox is similar to smallpox but far less lethal and less contagious.”
“Routine smallpox vaccinations were discontinued in 1971, and it is only available now for persons at high risk because of serious adverse effects, including myocarditis,” she wrote. “The systemic symptoms of monkeypox (swollen lymph nodes, myalgia, asthenia, back pain, and headache) are also listed adverse effects of COVID-19 vaccines. An image of a rash attributed to monkeypox appears to be a photograph of a shingles rash (Incidentally, shingles outbreaks have been reported after COVID vaccinations).”
“Panic is Always Harmful”
Orient cites Malone further.
“Monkeypox should be easily controlled by classic public health measures of isolating symptomatic individuals and temporary quarantine of those with close physical contact with an infected person,” writes Orient. “Panic is always harmful.”
Fitzgerald, the former Useless CDC director, acknowledged that the smallpox vaccine is about 85 percent effective against monkeypox and that the Food and Drug Administration has approved the smallpox vaccine for use against monkeypox, but she advises against getting the shot if you did not receive the smallpox vaccine as a child.
“If you are in that situation where you’re going to be a health care worker who’s taking care of people, a lot of people…then yes. Obviously, there [are] special circumstances. But for the general population, no.” Fitzgerald told The Daily Signal.
Politics of Fear
The public should be on guard, says Matt Dean, a senior fellow for health care policy outreach at The Heartland Institute.
“People are easier to control when they are scared. That this was used by governments around the world to increase and consolidate power during the COVID-19 pandemic now seems irrefutable,” said Dean.
“Americans who do not trust our own FDA, NIAID (National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Disease), or NIH (National Institutes of Health) because of the conflicting and obviously politically motivated guidance over the past 30 months are resting on a growing body of evidence that seems to suggest that American’s fears and liberties were used against each other for the gain of others,” said Dean. “This sad fact shows how damaging it can be when politicians dictate the science of medicine.
Bonner R. Cohen, Ph.D. ([email protected]) is a senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research.
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