Monkeypox

This isn’t a virus that, as far as we’re aware, would really take off in a population like COVID. It really requires close contact for human-to-human transmission - Andrea McCollum

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Why Monkeypox Wasn’t Another COVID-19

When you’ve lived through two-plus years of a pandemic, it can feel weird to see “disease” and “good news” in the same sentence. But here we are, watching a disease decline, with cautious optimism... the World Health Organization announced that monkeypox cases in Europe had fallen so fast, the outbreak could be eliminated there. And while the U.S. recently experienced its first monkeypox death, cases here have fallen by 40 percent between the middle and end of August. In other words, it’s too early to declare victory and dust off our hands, but the situation is generally improving.

This news shows that public health officials — and the public itself — got some important stuff right…

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