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Conservatives who have opposed COVID-19 lockdowns have expressed outrage at a new Washington Post report detailing how US public health officials believe they cannot force people to observe similar precautions regarding the monkeypox.
Monkeypox, like COVID-19 before it, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization and a public health emergency by the Biden administration. However, as The Washington Post reported on Thursday, authorities such as San Francisco public health officials have “made no attempt to curb the festivities or warn attendees” about attending events that could spread disease.
Monkeypox infections, as the outlet acknowledged, “are highly concentrated in men who have sex with men,” although others “can contract the virus through non-sexual contact and sharing objects. contaminated”.
Despite this reality, 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 much less – partied along Folsom Street here last weekend during the kink and fetish festival,” the Post noted.
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The newspaper quoted California State Senator Scott Wiener, D-San Francisco, as saying, “If people want to have sex, they’re going to have it,” indicating a hands-off approach to regulating the disease. .
“People will make their own decisions about their own levels of risk,” Wiener added.
The newspaper also noted that “health officials in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other U.S. cities battling surges of disgusting gay men are disproportionately avoiding calls for sexual restraint, fearing stigmatization. more intimacy between people of the same sex”.
This restrained approach to handling the latest global health emergency has angered online conservatives who viewed the approach to the global coronavirus emergency as harsh.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong ripped into what he perceived to be the hypocrisy of the health advice. 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 ‘the men who have sex with men “can’t chill it for two weeks?”
Former Republican congressional candidate Dave Giglio also observed the double standard, tweeting, “It’s important to remember that calls for abstinence to stop Monkeypox don’t work, but cloth face masks and totalitarian lockdowns do. actually COVID.”
Freelance journalist Tim Pool mocked the health officials featured in the article for being too politically correct to tackle monkeypox. He tweeted: “You can’t tell people not to have a gay orgy during a health emergency, that’s discrimination. People have a constitutional right to have sex with each other, as well as abortions.”
Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell didn’t mince words about the report, saying, “They shut down the whole country for COVID-19 but won’t shut down gay orgies for Monkeypox because science.”
Virginia Republican Delegate Nick Freitas tweeted, “Yeah you bigots! We don’t want to do things that ‘won’t work.’ danger and shut down the economy!”
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“Have we considered doing one-way grocery aisles? That was a good idea,” Washington Examiner columnist Becket Adams tweeted, recalling one of the pandemic’s most memorable precautions.
“The government ruined the economy for 2 years for a virus with a 99% survival rate,” the Tennessee Libertarian Party Twitter account tweeted.
Real Clear Investigations senior writer Mark Hemingway commented on the Twitter headline of the Post report, which read, “Gender is a major driver of the global monkeypox epidemic. But health officials and longtime HIV activists say calls for abstinence aren’t working.
Hemingway reworked the title to highlight the double standard of health officials now versus health officials at the start 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 aren’t working.'”
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“Now excuse me while I go and hit a wall,” he added.
The Washington Post report offered a response to similar accusations of hypocrisy, saying “public health officials reject comparisons to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when they mandated masks and closed spaces. public. They noted that the novel coronavirus was unfamiliar, far deadlier and airborne, with hospitals overwhelmed with patients at various times over the past two years. »
He added: “Monkeypox has known treatments and vaccines, although they have been difficult to access; it has also not killed anyone in the United States and hospitalizations are rare.”