Monkeypox infections in Spain, Portugal, and the United Kingdom have resulted in the World Health Organization (WHO) to issue a warning of moderate worldwide risk.
Monkeypox is a viral disease. It is similar to smallpox, but less lethal. Typically, it can be found in central and west Africa.
It is unusual for it to be found in the Western world, and its presence has caused health organizations to sound the alarm. The WHO says that a pandemic is possible, but claims that there is a window to stop that from happening.
After a confirmed case in Massachusetts, the government has purchased millions of doses of monkeypox vaccine. Although there have only been 257 confirmed cases worldwide, the media has already been increasing the rhetoric.
In addition to the mainstream media ramping up the story, there are also reports of a Covid tabletop exercise that predicted a monkeypox outbreak this year to the week, which is drawing a lot of speculation from many.
Those predicting a COVID-like pandemic, however, may want to walk back those guesses, as monkeypox is much less transmissible than Covid. This does not, however, mean that people shouldn’t be careful.
If the numbers continue to grow, governments around the world may use the outbreak to justify whatever Covid restrictions they currently have in place. But it is unlikely that the citizens they govern will be as compliant as they were for “two weeks to flatten the curve.”
Polls show that the public is frustrated with the health agencies’ Covid response. It will be a tough sell to get the populace to lock down again, especially for a virus that has not yet caused any fatalities.
There have also been rumblings that the next pandemic will be blamed on climate change. The Biden administration is clearly not above twisting things to fit their narrative; so, anything is possible. And as Biden’s approval ratings sink lower and lower, Americans should be on their guard for anything.