CDC’s Latest Guidance on Monkeypox is All Too Familiar

Over the past two years, Americans have gotten an earful of guidance from the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Much of this guidance has concerned COVID and the various steps Americans should take to defeat the virus.

Mask-wearing, getting vaccinated, getting booster shots, social distancing, staying home and cutting back on travel are measures that have been shared with the public.

Yet, despite all the benchmarks the CDC said would get COVID under control, the virus is still around as the first half of 2022 concludes.

Now, with a new virus known as “monkeypox” that’s arrived in the United States, the CDC is once again issuing guidance that is all too familiar.

The CDC on Monkeypox and Masks
Mask mandates did not stop COVID.

In fact, a recent study by Medicine determined that counties in Kansas with mask mandates suffered higher death rates than Kansas counties that let folks make their own choices on masking.

Later, it came out that when a sick, COVID-infected person wears a mask, they repeatedly breathe contaminated air into their respiratory system. Naturally, this increases the likelihood of severe health complications.

Yet, in spite of this study, the CDC is recommending that people wear masks during travel to save themselves from monkeypox infections. In making this declaration, the CDC also claims that masking is a great form of protection from monkeypox and other illnesses.

The CDC’s guidance comes despite monkeypox being documented as spreading via physical contact with body fluids or wounds, physical intimacy between men, contaminated items or respiratory droplets.

Skepticism From the General Public
Since the moment monkeypox was found in the United States, there’s been a degree of skepticism across the American public.

Some people have questioned the intentions of how monkeypox is being reported. For instance, some sources claimed that monkeypox is not airborne; yet, it is, in fact, an airborne virus.

This is why it can spread when one person with monkeypox is in close proximity to uninfected individuals.

Other folks expressed worries that monkeypox would be used as an opportunity to try pushing through new vaccine mandates and/or travel restrictions.

With the CDC having recently classified monkeypox as a level two concern, only time will tell what comes next.