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NYC Insists the term “Monkeypox” is Discriminatory

Names are incredibly important to the left. They use labels such as “white privilege,” “systemic racism,” “glass ceiling,” and “fair share.” They also have labels they hate, like “socialist,” “gun-grabber,” “wealth redistribution,” “recession” (when their guy is to blame for it) as well as, ” monkeypox.”

If you didn't see that coming, let's get you caught up.

Alex Parker reported, in mid-June, the World Health Organization announced it was planning to change the name of monkeypox because of the “discriminatory and stigmatizing” nature of the virus. It was reported that the “prevailing perception,” lamented the WHO, “is that [the monkeypox virus] is endemic in people in some African countries.” It's not. But let's forget about that for a moment.

It's getting more threatening. According to Fox News:

The prevailing perception in the international media and scientific literature is that MPXV is endemic to people in some African countries.

However, it is well established that nearly all MPXV outbreaks in Africa prior to the 2022 outbreak, have been the result of spillover from animals to humans, and only rarely have there been reports of sustained human-to-human transmissions.

According to the CDC, scientists first found monkeypox during two outbreaks of a pox-like disease in monkeys at a research facility in Denmark in 1958. The first human case was found in the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 1970.

Human-to-human transmission of the virus occurs primarily through direct contact with infected people or surfaces that are contaminated.

Additionally, as reported by CNBC on Wednesday, the WHO recommends gay and bisexual men restrict their sexual partners to limit the monkeypox spread. According to CNBC, Rosamund Lewis, the WHO’s monkeypox expert, has said that those who have had sexual relations with males are the ones that is most at risk for being infected. Around 99 percent of cases involve men, and at least 95 percent of them are men who have had sexual relations with other males.

In the end, the name change didn’t happen.

At a press conference this week, WHO officials addressed questions regarding the name change. They suggested that the name change could take awhile.

The news conference came the day after New York City demanded the WHO change the name of the virus in order to prevent the stigmatization of patients who may be hesitant to seek medical attention. As per the YEN News, NYC has had more cases of what has been declared a global health emergency by the WHO as compared to any other place in the United States, with 1,092 cases detected to date.

Ashwin Vasan, New York City Public Health Commissioner, in a letter to WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus seemed more worried about that “devastating and stigmatizing” name of the monkeypox virus than the possible pandemic itself:

“We have a growing concern for the potentially devastating and stigmatizing effects that the messaging around the ‘monkeypox’ virus can have on … already vulnerable communities.”

Vasan referred to the “painful and racist history within which terminology like (monkeypox) is rooted for communities of color.”

Continuing to use the term ‘monkeypox’ to describe the current outbreak may reignite these traumatic feelings of racism and stigma — particularly for Black people and other people of color, as well as members of the LGBTQIA+ communities, and it is possible that they may avoid engaging in vital health care services because of it.

This is all quite absurd. The left is more preoccupied with the image that the virus has than the virus itself.

The bottom line is:

The left politicized COVID-19 and hyped it from the beginning to the point where there's no turning back. A lot of people (especially children) are suffering from the consequences of brutal lockdowns and absurd mask directives and might still be for decades to come.

Then monkeypox arrives.

This virus was on the news for a while, but the left-wing media has made a concerted effort to avoid honest reporting about those who are most vulnerable to its symptoms or even to provide a full details about the effect these symptoms could have on those who are infected.

Now we're more concerned with the name than the actual virus. What's the solution? Simple. Change the name to be less “discriminatory” and “stigmatizing.” 

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