As the United States has been returning to normal daily living, millions of Americans have expressed that they have lost all confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and National Institutes of Health (NIH) following their perceived mismanagement of the COVID pandemic led by Dr. Fauci and White House advisory team.
The masks, travel restrictions, and vaccine mandates are just part of a laundry list of things many Americans say they will resist openly next time, starting on day one of the next virus outbreak.
So when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the travel alert for monkeypox, it caused some concerned heads to start turning, not over the virus, but over the government’s recommendations to manage it.
Health officials confirmed last Wednesday the first case of monkeypox virus infection in Massachusetts this year.
BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today confirmed a single case of monkeypox virus infection in an adult male with recent travel to Canada. Initial testing was completed late Tuesday at the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain and confirmatory testing was completed today at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just presented some next level stuff when it comes to traveling during the current monkeypox outbreak. The outbreak, which has already resulted in over 200 confirmed and over 100 suspected cases in over 20 different countries has prompted the CDC to move its travel advisory from Level 1 to Level 2. Level 2 is the “Alert” level, corresponding to “Practice Enhanced Precautions.” Level 1 was the “Watch” level, which simply meant “Practice Usual Precautions.”
The CDC has a total of three possible levels when it comes to monkeypox travel advisories. The highest level would be Level 3, which is the the “Warning” level and corresponds to “Avoid Nonessential Travel.” Clearly, like golf scores and the number of times a marmot hits you in the groin with a golf club, the higher the number, the worse things are. While Level 2 does not really restrict where you can travel, as the name of the level implies, it does mean that you should be alerted to practice some “enhanced precautions.”
The CDC website is recommending:
- Travelers should AVOID:
- Close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions.
- Contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes).
- Eating or preparing meat from wild game (bushmeat) or using products derived from wild animals from Africa (creams, lotions, powders).
- Contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, bedding, or materials used in healthcare settings) or that came into contact with infected animals.
My family and I will be keeping an eye on the monkey virus, but only in passing, as we have lives to live.
If it becomes more widespread then it will become more prudent of us to get information. Regardless of what happens, I will not shut down for fifteen days, put back on a mask, and will never take a government-mandated vaccine.
Hopefully, it doesn’t become an issue for America, as we already have more than enough bad decisions to deal with coming out of the White House.
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