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Conservatives opposed to the COVID-19 lockdown have voiced their displeasure at a new Washington Post report that says US public health officials cannot force people to take similar precautions over the monkeypox.
Monkeypox, like its predecessor, COVID-19, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization and a public health emergency by the Biden administration. However, the Washington Post reported Thursday that authorities, such as San Francisco public health officials, “did not rein in the festivities or warn attendees against participating in activities that could spread the disease.”
Monkeypox infections, the outlet acknowledged, are “concentrated among men who have sex with men,” but others “can transmit the virus through nonsexual contact and sharing contaminated items.”
Despite this fact and the fact that the city of San Francisco has declared a monkeypox emergency among the gay community, “thousands of gay men dressed in leather, latex and often less – celebrated along Folsom Street this past weekend in a fetish festival,” the Post noted.
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The paper cited the California state senator. Rep. Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, said, “If people want to have sex, they’re going to have sex,” suggesting a hands-off approach to disease regulation.
“People make their own decisions about their level of risk,” Wiener added.
Gayde also noted that “health officials in San Francisco, Chicago, New York, and other US cities disproportionately hurt gay men, avoiding calls to limit sexuality and avoiding further stigmatizing same-sex intimacy.”
The slow approach to handling the latest global health emergency has angered conservatives who view the handling of the global coronavirus emergency as harsh.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Choong tore into what he sees as hypocrisy from the health leadership. He tweeted: “They forced everyone to be separated from their dying parents and grandparents in hospitals, banned travel and forced kids out of school and on Zoom calls, but ‘men who have sex’ can’t chill for two weeks. ? “
Former Republican congressional candidate Dave Giglio also spotted the double standard, tweeting: “Remember calls to stop monkeypox won’t work, but cloth masks and totalitarian lockdowns will actually stop COVID.”
Independent journalist Tim Poole mocked the health officials featured in the article as being too politically correct to fight monkeypox. He tweeted: “You can’t be told not to have a gay orgy during an emergency, that’s discrimination. People have a constitutional right to have sex with each other, and so do abortions.”
Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell was quick to comment on the report: “They shut down the entire country for COVID-19, but they won’t shut down gay orgies for monkeypox because of science.”
Rep. Nick Freitas, Republican of Virginia, tweeted: “Yes, you bigots! We don’t want to do things that ‘don’t work.’ Instead, let’s risk it all and try to stop the economy!”
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“Did we ever think about making the grocery aisles one-way? It was a good idea,” Washington Examiner columnist Beckett Adams wrote about one of the pandemic’s more memorable precautions.
“Government destroyed economy for 2 years with 99% survival rate for virus,” tweeted the Tennessee Libertarian Party’s Twitter account.
Mark Hemingway, a senior writer at Real Clear Investigations, commented on the Post report’s Twitter headline: “Sex is key driver of global monkeypox epidemic. But calls to quit won’t work, health officials and longtime HIV activists say.”
Hemingway reworked the headline to show the double standard of healthcare workers compared to healthcare workers during the outbreak of COVID-19. He wrote: “”Indoor gatherings are a major driver of the global COVID epidemic. But health officials and activists say lockdowns and social distancing won’t work.”
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“Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to punch a hole in the wall,” he added.
A Washington Post report responded to such accusations of hypocrisy: “Public health officials reject comparisons to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when they wore masks and closed public spaces. They noted that the novel coronavirus was unfamiliar. The deadly and airborne, hospitals of the past two years It was filled with patients in different places.
He added, “monkeypox has known treatments and vaccines, although they are difficult to access; it has not killed anyone in the United States, and hospitalizations are rare.”