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After COVID lockdowns, Twitter outraged at report that officials won’t stop sex parties to prevent monkeypox

After COVID lockdowns, Twitter outraged at report that officials won’t stop sex parties to prevent monkeypox

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Conservatives who objected to COVID-19 lockdowns expressed outrage over a new Washington Post report that outlined how US public health officials feel they cannot force people to follow similar precautions regarding monkey pox.

Monkeypox, like COVID-19 before, has been declared a global health emergency by the World Health Organization and a public health emergency by the Biden administration. Although, as The Washington Post reported Thursday, authorities such as San Francisco’s public health officials “have made no attempt to curb festivities or warn attendees” about attending events that could spread the disease.

Monkeypox infections, as the outlet acknowledged, “are highly concentrated among men who have sex with men,” although others “can contract the virus through nonsexual contact and sharing contaminated items.”

Despite this reality, and the fact that the city of San Francisco declared a monkey pox emergency among the gay community, “thousands of gay men clad in leather, latex — and often much less — partied here along Folsom Street last weekend during the annual kink and fetish festival,” noted the Post up.

HAVE MONKEYPOX? CDC DOES NOT RECOMMEND SEX BUT SAYS MASTURBATION 6 FEET APART OR VIRTUAL SEX REDUCES RISK

The newspaper quoted California state Sen. Scott Wiener, D-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.

At the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, the door to the lab where the first step in testing samples for monkeypox virus is taken has a warning sign letting others know not to enter. Inside, the scientist wears protective gear. After the samples leave this room for further DNA testing, they are no longer contagious. — GENERAL INFORMATION: 7/31/03 – Falcon Heights, MN – The University of Minnesota Veterinary Disease Control Laboratory has been chosen by the Center for Disease Control as the national testing site for screening for monkeypox virus in animals.
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The paper also noted that “health officials in San Francisco, Chicago, New York and other cities in the US, dealing with the wave of disproportionately sickening gay men, are avoiding calls for sexual restraint, wary of further stigmatization of intimacy between persons of the same sex.”

This reticent approach to dealing with the latest global health emergency angered online conservatives who viewed tackling the coronavirus global emergency as harsh.

Conservative commentator Ian Miles Cheong tore up what he saw as the hypocrisy of the health guidelines. He tweeted: “They forced everyone to be separated from their dying parents and grandparents in hospitals, banned travel and forced children from school and Zoom calls, but ‘men who have sex with men’ can’t cool it for two weeks?”

Former Republican congressional candidate Dave Giglio also noted the double standard, tweeting: “It’s important to remember, abstinence calls to stop Monkeypox don’t work, but cloth masks and totalitarian lockdowns actually stop COVID.”

Independent journalist Tim Pool mocked the health officials in the piece for being too politically correct to fight monkey pox. 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, including abortions.”

Conservative radio host Dan O’Donnell didn’t mince words about the report, stating: “They’ve closed the whole country to COVID-19, but won’t be closing the gay orgies for Monkeypox because of the science.”

Virginia Republican Rep. Nick Freitas tweeted, “Yes, you bigots! We don’t want to do things that ‘don’t work.’ Instead, let’s pretend everyone is in danger and shut down the economy!”

FLORIDA GOV. DESANTIS ABOUT MONKEYPOX EMERGENCY DECLARATIONS: ‘WE DO NOT FEAR’

Conservatives slammed a report that public health officials are letting people choose at their own risk regarding monkey pox, something they claimed they couldn't do during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Conservatives slammed a report that public health officials are letting people choose at their own risk regarding monkey pox, something they claimed they couldn’t do during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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“Did we consider making the aisles unidirectional? That was a good idea,” Washington Examiner columnist Becket Adams tweeted, recalling one of the pandemic’s more momentous precautions.

“The government has ruined the economy for two years for a virus with a 99% survival rate,” the Libertarian Party of Tennessee Twitter account tweeted.

Mark Hemingway, senior author of Real Clear Investigations, responded to the Twitter headline of the Post report, which read: “Sex is a leading cause of the global monkeypox outbreak. But health officials and long-term HIV activists say calls for abstinence not work.”

Hemingway reworked the headline to show the double standard of health officials now compared to health officials at the start of COVID-19. He wrote: “‘Indoor gatherings are a key driver of the global COVID outbreak. But health officials and activists say lockdowns and social distancing aren’t working.'”

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“Excuse me now while I’m going to hit a wall,” he added.

The Washington Post report responded to similar accusations of hypocrisy, claiming: “The public health officials are rejecting comparisons to the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, when they mandated masks and closed public areas. They noted that the novel coronavirus was unknown, far from it.” deadlier and more airborne, with hospitals overrun with patients at various points over the past two years.”

It added: “Monkeypox has known treatments and vaccines, although they have been difficult to access; it has not killed anyone in the United States, and hospitalizations are uncommon.”

A WHO flag is pictured between the rounds of the election of the new World Health Organization (WHO) director general at the 70th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo

A WHO flag is pictured between the rounds of the election of the new World Health Organization (WHO) director general at the 70th World Health Assembly at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23, 2017. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo