Why most Americans ignore monkeypox

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U.S. health officials on Thursday declared the monkeypox a public health emergency, freeing up additional resources for vaccines and other treatments to help control the outbreak. The federal announcement comes days after California’s governor. Gavin Newsom and Illinois Governor. Both JB and Pritzker have declared public health emergencies in their states.

A number of states have reported an increase in cases of monkeypox. The virus, which was recently detected in the United States in mid-May, but arrived in the country at least once, in 2003, has caused some illness in the United States, with some infections in areas such as New York, Washington, DC and Florida. peak population figures. But according to recent polls, most Americans ignore the disease and are less concerned about the epidemic.

According to a May poll by CivicScience, 36 percent of US adults said they were “somewhat concerned” about the spread of monkeypox in the country, while 45 percent were “not at all concerned.” What’s more, the percentage of Americans who told CivicScience magazine that they are not worried about being in public has increased significantly this year, from 29 percent in early January to 41 percent in late May.

The lack of concern may be due, in part, to the fact that most Americans are not paying particular attention to news related to the outbreak. For example, a May poll by YouGov/The Economist found that only 11 percent of respondents follow monkeypox updates very closely. Thirty-three percent said they pay some attention, but a majority (56 percent) of Americans say they don’t follow the news very closely. Although cases increased during the summer, these numbers did not increase significantly. A July poll by the University of Pennsylvania’s Annenberg Center for Public Policy found that only 19 percent of Americans worry about contracting monkeypox in the next few months.

Concerns about the virus may change after the federal government’s latest announcement. But there’s a lot we don’t know about the outbreak, and a lack of knowledge from experts may be why Americans don’t know how contagious the virus is or whether a vaccine is available. In July, before the New York Department of Health declared monkeypox a public health threat, the same Annenberg Center for Public Policy poll found that nearly half (48 percent) of Americans did not believe monkeypox was more contagious than COVID-19 (it’s not. ). Another 66 percent of respondents said they didn’t know or didn’t believe there was a monkeypox vaccine (there is).

There may also be less anxiety about the virus because of the stigma associated with it. So far, the epidemic appears to mostly affect gay and bisexual men. On the one hand, this means that public health systems can target their messages to at-risk communities. But it also carries the risk of misrepresenting these populations, as Asian Americans were targeted at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Efforts are also underway to rename the virus because its current name is discriminatory and stigmatizing and unfairly links the transmission of the disease to Central and West Africa, although the current international outbreak is not centrally linked to these regions.

Moreover, it is dangerous for Americans to think that monkeypox is dangerous the only to men who have sex with men. In fact, it’s not an airborne virus and it’s not as easy to catch as, say, COVID-19. (Also, it’s not easily transmitted, since skin-to-skin contact with the deadly COVID-19 usually doesn’t lead to hospitalization.) Eventually, given that the virus becomes more transmissible during this cycle, it will eventually become another pandemic.

Unfortunately, at least not yet, there isn’t enough information to know how bad monkeypox can get. That’s why public health officials are urging everyone to be vigilant as President Biden’s administration takes measures to combat it at the state and federal level. Public health officials are optimistic that the viral illness will not resemble COVID-19, but they still advise everyone to exercise caution in situations where they cannot maintain a sense of personal space. Americans may be wrong about monkeypox at the moment, but the truth is that there are still things we don’t know about this disease.

Other votes

  • According to a July 23 YouGov poll, only a quarter of Americans say they are “very” (8 percent) or “somewhat” (18 percent) worried that President Biden’s COVID-19 diagnosis could prevent the government from doing its job. -26. That said, many Americans worry that his age and health have hurt his ability to carry out his presidential duties: 42 percent say his seniority is a factor in this very limited role, while those 65 and older (Biden’s own demographic) are of any age (50 percent). will agree.
  • Most Americans (59 percent) do not know the definition of “carbon neutral,” according to a July 26 Morning Consult poll. 30 percent said they didn’t believe it, and 29 percent incorrectly identified “carbon-free” from a three-choice list. Interestingly, this number is very similar for self-identified environmentalists: 24 percent said they don’t know, while 32 percent gave the wrong answer.
  • According to August data, people 65 and older are almost twice as likely (51 percent) to write by hand as those under 30 (27 percent). 3 YouGov survey. It’s a habit that also varies by race: Forty-six percent of white Americans report handwriting every day, compared to 33 percent of black Americans and 34 percent of Hispanic Americans.
  • Younger Americans are less likely than older Americans to have read books as children, according to a July 19-22 poll by YouGov. Seventy-nine percent of Americans under 30 say they read books growing up, compared to 95 percent of those 65 and older. In addition, one-third of Americans said they read one or zero books in the past year, and another third said they read two to five books. But 12 percent reported more than 20 readings…talk about fully booked!

Biden’s approval

According to FiveThirtyEight’s presidential approval tracker, 39.2 percent of Americans approve of Biden’s job as president, while 55.7 percent disapprove (a net approval rating of -16.5 points). At this time last week, 39.3 percent approved and 55.7 percent disapproved (net approval rating -16.4 points). A month ago, Biden’s approval rating was 39.2 percent and his disapproval rating was 55.9 percent, for a net approval rating of -16.7 points.

general bulletin

Republicans and Democrats are roughly tied 44.2 percent to 44.2 percent in our average polls on the general congressional ballot. A week ago, Republicans led Democrats by 0.2 points (44.1 percent to 43.9 percent). At this time last month, voters favored Republicans by 2.0 percentage points (42.8 percent to 44.8 percent).

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