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Conservatives who opposed COVID-19 lockdowns have expressed outrage over a new Washington Post report detailing how US public health officials feel they can’t force people to observe similar precautions regarding COVID-19. monkey pox.
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 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 the disease.
Monkeypox infections, as the media acknowledged, “are largely concentrated among men who have sex with men,” although others “can contract the virus through non-sexual contact and sharing contaminated items.”
Despite this reality, and the fact that the city of San Francisco declared a monkeypox emergency among the gay community, “Thousands of gay men dressed in leather, latex, and often much less, partied here on Folsom Street on last weekend during the kink and fetish festival,” the Post noted.
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The newspaper quoted California state senator Scott Wiener, a Democrat from San Francisco, who said, “If people want to have sex, they’re going to have sex,” indicating a hands-off approach to regulating the disease.
“People will make their own decisions about their own risk levels,” Wiener added.
The newspaper also noted that “health officials in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other US cities battling waves disproportionately sickening gay men are avoiding calls for sexual restraint, wary of stigmatizing same-sex intimacy even more.
This moderate approach to handling the latest global health emergency angered online conservatives who saw the approach to the global coronavirus emergency as harsh.
Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong tore down what he perceived as the health guide’s hypocrisy. He tweeted: “They forced everyone to be separated from their dying parents and grandparents in hospitals, banned travel and forced children out of school and Zoom calls, but ‘men who have sex with men’ can’t calm down for two weeks.
Former Republican congressional candidate Dave Giglio also noted the double standard, tweeting: “It’s important to remember that calls for abstinence to stop monkeypox don’t work, but cloth masks and totalitarian lockdowns do, in fact, stop to COVID.”
Freelance journalist Tim Pool derided the health officials featured in the article for being too politically correct to combat 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, abortion too.”
Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell made no bones about the report, stating, “They’re shutting down the whole country for COVID-19, but they won’t shut down gay orgies for monkeypox for science.”
Virginia state GOP delegate Nick Freitas tweeted: “Yes fans! 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 supermarket aisles one way? That was a good idea,” tweeted Washington Examiner columnist Becket Adams, recalling one of the pandemic’s most memorable precautions.
“Government ruined the economy for 2 years over a virus with a 99% survival rate,” the Tennessee Libertarian Party Twitter account tweeted.
Real Clear Investigations lead writer Mark Hemingway commented on the Post report’s Twitter headline, which read: “Sex is a major driver of the global monkeypox outbreak. But health officials and HIV activists They’ve been saying for a long time that calls for abstinence don’t work.
Hemingway modified the headline to show the double standards of health officials now compared to health officials at the start of COVID-19. He wrote: “‘Indoor gatherings are a major driver of the global COVID outbreak. But health officials and activists say lockdowns and social distancing don’t work.'”
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“Now excuse me while I go hit a wall,” he added.
The Washington Post report delivered a response to similar accusations of hypocrisy, stating: “Public health officials reject comparisons to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when they required masks and closed public spaces. They pointed out that the new coronavirus does not It was familiar, much deadlier and up in the air, with hospitals overrun by patients at various points 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.”