What About This Monkeypox National Emergency?


by Mustang

On 9 January 2020, the Center for Disease Control and World Health Organization announced the presence of a mysterious Coronavirus-related pneumonia in Wuhan, China.  This, of course, followed the 2019 Military World Games (also known as the 7th CISM Military World Games) — the first international military multisport event held in China and the largest military sports event ever, with 9,308 athletes from 109 countries competing in 329 events and 27 sporting disciplines.  Did I mention that the military games were held in Wuhan, China?

The first COVID-19 case in the United States was announced on 21 January 2020.  In twelve months, COVID-19 infected twenty-million Americans and killed 346,000.  That is, 1.73% of infected Americans died.  That is, 0.103283582% of the nation’s population died of COVID-19.  Was COVID-19 a pandemic?

According to the dictionary, a pandemic exists when a disease becomes prevalent over a whole country or the world.  The word prevalent means widespread in a particular area or at a specific time.  My point here is that COVID-19 may not have been a pandemic in the normal usage of the word before wokeness.

Still, it certainly could be a proper usage given that the nation’s premier health authorities have shown themselves as charlatans and liars — people who, by their behavior, do not have and have not deserved the trust of the American people.

Now, we have another — disease.  In the past 80 or so days, more than 7,000 documented cases of monkeypox have worked its way into the United States.  Federal officials have declared the disease a nationwide health emergency — as COVID continues to “rage” in the United States.  We are, it seems, in the midst of two infectious crises.

CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response

One wonders, how do those august medical professionals carry this word to America’s public?  More importantly, how does the American public accept anything their medical leaders have to say?

Monkeypox is an infectious virus that occurs in humans and some other animals.  The symptoms include fever, swollen lymph nodes, and a rash that forms blisters that crust over.  The time from exposure to symptoms is twenty-one days.  A “classic” presentation of fever and muscle pain follows, followed by swollen glands and lesions appearing simultaneously.  Cases may be severe (especially in children and pregnant women — or those with suppressed immune systems).

Monkeypox is a zoonotic virus (meaning that it can spread from one species of animal to another) and is related to smallpox.  Someone who is protected from one is also protected from the other.  Anyone vaccinated against smallpox is also safeguarded against monkeypox.

In humans, there are two types of monkeypox: West Africa is less severe than Central Africa.  It can spread from one species to another through bites from infected animals, handling infected meat, or scratches.  Human-to-human infection occurs through exposure to infected body fluids or contaminated objects (tiny droplets, possibly airborne).  The virus can be spread from the outset of symptoms until the lesions have crusted and fallen off — a period from two to four weeks.

There is no cure for monkeypox.  The smallpox vaccine is 85% effective in preventing the disease but cannot cure monkeypox after the outset.  Science is working on an improved vaccine, but it still won’t remedy the condition.  Monkeypox was seldom a problem in human societies before 1980; it was about that time when routine smallpox vaccinations stopped.

Why did they stop?  Because those geniuses in the medical profession were convinced smallpox vaccinations were no longer needed.  The first case of human infection occurred in 1970 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where it remains endemic.  The 2022 outbreak is the first evidence of widespread community transmission outside Africa (identified in the United Kingdom in May, afterward spread to 75 countries).  Since then, the WHO has announced more than 16,000 cases in 75 cases.

Imagine how easy it might be to arrest such “new challenges” in medical science if the American people had confidence in America’s medical leadership.  It doesn’t, though — so we should imagine what might result from poor medical (and political) leadership.

On a personal note right now, Mustang and his wife are walking the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Mustang also blogs at Fix Bayonets and Thoughts From Afar

18 Responses to “What About This Monkeypox National Emergency?”

  1. Terri D. Says:

    Dare I even mention polio in New York City?

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  2. skudrunner Says:

    But if monkeypox is not deemed a huge issue and a pandemic we can’t dictate people have to stay home and vote from their couch. That is not fair to the basement party and if people have to do something, like leave their house, it is voter suppression. Next thing you know you will have to prove you are a citizen to vote.

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  3. Baysider Says:

    You all know there was another tabletop exercise in March 2021 just like the one conducted in 2020 for covid. Right? Then – LIKE MAGIC – covid appeared and they got to practice all their authoritarian protocols, lockdowns, shutting down alternate messages in social media, masking, etc. They liked it so well they ran a 2nd one like it for another pandemic potential. Take a WILD GUESS what the featured outbreak was. If you guessed monkey pox, you’re correcto!

    Mustang, I will look forward to hearing more about your trip. I’m picturing it now from the photos of a friend who walked part of it. And his stories.

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  4. markone1blog Says:

    Yesterday, I read a at NBC that monkeypox transmits via fluid (not skin contact, as originally reported).

    So, if this is an STD, what does that say of the eight children infected in America so far?

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  5. Ed Bonderenka Says:

    “Anyone vaccinated against smallpox is also safeguarded against monkeypox.”
    “The smallpox vaccine is 85% effective in preventing the disease”
    There’s a 15% discrepancy there.

    Did I miss the part where it’s primarily a disease among homosexual men?

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  6. Mustang Says:

    Correction to post: should read “in 75 countries.”

    Liked by 1 person

  7. peter3nj Says:

    How many more pet monkeys must be euthanized needlessly before the geniuses at the CDC move on to their next pandemic?
    In the next Planet of The Apes sequel people pox is largely ignored by the HDC (Human Disease Control.) Their gay community however is warned to avoid human sexual contact.

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