The United States has responded quickly to monkey pox, which has risen to more than 700 in the past two months.
Some public health professionals and patients warn that more needs to be done and that mistakes made during the Covd-19 epidemic are recurring.
The monkey virus is less contagious than covad-19 and still affects most of the community, men who have sex with men. But experts say the United States has learned from the cholera epidemic and should still help the country control monkeys.
Lena Wayne, a professor of health policy and administration at George Washington University and former health commissioner for Baltimore, told De Hill that she felt overwhelmed.
“Perhaps the most important thing for me is the lack of testing. We have seen that everything that happened during Kovid was like a canary in a coal mine, and they are really just icebergs, ”Wayne said. “And that was because there was so little investigation. Why didn’t we learn our lesson? ”
Last week, LabCorp, one of the largest laboratory testing centers in the United States, announced that it would begin testing monkeys for disease control and prevention. The company can conduct up to 10,000 tests per day.
In a notice released by LabCorp, he suggested that people contact their health care providers to start monkeypox testing and sample collection, a more difficult process compared to Covid-19 tests, especially for those who do not have a regular health care provider.
Wayne explains that the diagnosis of monkey disease should not be approached in a complex way.
More than 760 cases of monkey pox have been reported in the United States since Monday, and this is certainly low because many are unaware that they have been infected or have not yet been diagnosed.
Unlike Covid-19, monkey pox is not a new virus, it does not spread easily and is usually transmitted through close, skin-to-skin contact. Although it is currently affecting relatively few people in the United States, activists and scientists are worried that the epidemic could spread out of control.
In a recent interview, Jay Varma, an epidemiologist who served as Senior Health Adviser to former New York City Mayor Bill Deblasio (D), said he feared monkey disease may be ingrained in the United States.
“If we don’t really get ahead of ourselves, we will go back and our appearance will be permanent,” said Varma.
Deblasio himself urged the federal government to increase the number of monkeys vaccinated on Twitter on Monday.
The New York gay community has been particularly hard hit by the epidemic. The State Department of Health announced on Twitter on Tuesday that 111 people have been diagnosed with the virus in New York City since last week, up from 55 a week ago.
In a letter to President Biden on Monday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams (D) stated that the demand for monkey vaccines was not met. Adams asked the White House to consider a different immunization program that would allow Jynneos to choose the long-term vaccine so that more people can get vaccinated right away.
In an NBC news report published last week, several gay men reported frustrating experiences of trying to check on public health officials who had been diagnosed with monkey pox and sharing their possible close relationships. Someone in New York said it took him about a week to investigate and find possible contact names.
Clinics in major cities such as New York and Washington DC are running out of immunizations.
New York did not issue a warning before announcing its vaccination drive late last month, and many doses are running out in hours without knowing when they will be available. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Health announced on Monday that an additional 1,250 doses will be available.
Health officials say monkeys do not pose a threat to the community and that the death toll from the virus is low.
Eric Toner, a senior fellow at the Johns Hopkins Health Center at Bloomberg School of Public Health, says this could be a sign of a “monkey flu epidemic” in the world.
“When people come in contact with wildlife more often – in wet markets, such as food and population growth – we see people becoming more exposed to specific pathogens,” says Toner.
In general, Tonner felt that the response was adequate, citing limitations in measures such as contact search, as well as the speed with which the federal government had deployed and ordered more vaccines.
“I don’t think they are late. I don’t think it’s the case that they are not educated from Covid-19. ”
Others say that the answer is not as straightforward as possible. An unnamed senior Bedden administration official admitted to the New York Times last week that it was not as fast or convenient as the monkey test. According to the official, the reasons for their contribution include negotiating with laboratories, increasing test supplies and training professionals.