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Conservatives who opposed the COVID-19 blockade expressed outrage over a new Washington Post report detailing how US public health officials believe they cannot force people to follow similar precautions for monkey pox.
Monkey pox, like previously COVID-19, was declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization and a public health emergency by the Biden administration. Although, as reported by The Washington Post on Thursday, authorities such as San Francisco public health officials “made no attempt to stop the celebration or warn participants” from attending events that could spread the disease.
Monkey pox infections, the magazine admitted, “are highly concentrated among men who have sex with men,” although others “can contract the virus through non-sexual contact and sharing of contaminated items.”
Despite this reality and the fact that the city of San Francisco has declared a threat of monkey pox among the gay community, “Thousands of homosexuals dressed in leather, latex – and often much less – enjoyed themselves here along Folsom Street last weekend during the annual collapse and fetish festival” – Post noticed.
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The article quoted California Senator Scott Wiener of San Francisco as saying, “If people want to have sex, they will have sex,” pointing to a clumsy approach to regulating the disease.
“People will make their own decisions about their own risk level,” added Wiener.
The newspaper also noted that “health officials in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other American cities struggling with soaring, disproportionately gross gays, avoid calls for sexual restraint, fearing further stigmatization of same-sex intimacy.”
This restrained approach to dealing with the latest global health crisis angered online conservatives who saw the approach to the global coronavirus crisis as harsh.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong tore apart what he believed to be the hypocrisy of health cues. He wrote on Twitter: “They forced everyone to stay away from dying parents and grandparents in hospitals, banned travel and forced children to leave school and call Zoom, but ‘men who have sex with men’ can’t cool it down for two weeks ? “
Former Republican Congressional candidate Dave Giglio also adhered to double standards by tweeting: “It’s important to remember that calls for abstinence to stop monkey pox don’t work, but cloth masks and totalitarian blockades actually stop COVID.”
Freelance journalist Tim Pool mocked the health officials featured in the article for being too politically correct to fight monkey pox. He wrote on Twitter: “You can’t tell people not to have a gay orgy in a health emergency, it’s discrimination. People have the constitutional right to have sex with each other, including an abortion. “
Conservative radio presenter Dan O’Donnell didn’t mince words about the report, stating: “They shut down the whole country over COVID-19, but they won’t shut down gay orgies over monkey pox because science.”
Virginia delegate Nick Freitas tweeted: “Yes, bigots! We don’t want to do things that “won’t work.” Instead, let’s pretend everyone is at risk and shut down the economy! “
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“Have we considered making food alleys one way? It was a cool idea, ”Washington Examiner columnist Becket Adams tweeted, mentioning one of the more memorable precautions during a pandemic.
“The government ruined the economy for 2 years because of the virus with a 99% survival rate,” the Libertarian Party of Tennessee tweeted.
Real Clear Investigations senior writer Mark Hemingway commented on the headline of the Twitter Post report which read: “Sex is a major driver of the global monkey pox epidemic. But health officials and longtime HIV activists say the calls for abstinence are not working. “
Hemingway reworked the headline to show the double standard of health officials compared to health officials in the early days of COVID-19. He wrote: “Indoor meetings are a major driver of the global COVID epidemic. But health officials and activists say the blockades and social distancing aren’t working. “
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“Now I’m sorry when I go hit the wall,” he added.
The Washington Post report responded to similar allegations of hypocrisy, stating: “Public health officials refuse comparisons to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic when they ordered masks and closed public spaces. They noticed that the new coronavirus was very unknown, more deadly and flying through the air, and hospitals at various points had been overcrowded with patients in the past two years. “
He added: “Pox monkey has known treatments and vaccines, although access to them has been difficult; it has also not killed anyone in the United States, and hospitalizations are rare.