Majority don’t worry about experiencing monkeypox ‘personally’

Most Americans don’t worry about personally suffering from monkeypox in the United States, despite the United States declaring a state of emergency over the disease, according to a survey by The Economist/YouGov found.

“Given both your risk of contracting it and the severity of the disease, how concerned are you personally about monkeypox?” the poll asked respondents.

Most, 67%, said they were not worried about personally suffering from monkeypox, and of these, 31% were “not worried at all”. Just over a third said they were at least somewhat worried, but only 11% said they were “very worried”.

Most Republicans and Independents, 80% and 70% respectively, indicate little or no concern. Forty-seven percent of Democrats, however, are at least somewhat worried.

Respondents were also asked how they viewed Biden’s handling of monkeypox, with 31% expressing approval and 35% disapproving.

The investigation follows the United States declaring monkeypox a public health crisis.

“We are ready to take our response to the next level to fight this virus, and we urge all Americans to take monkeypox seriously and take responsibility for helping us fight this virus,” the official said. Secretary of Health and Social Services, Xavier Becerra.

The United States has 9,492 confirmed cases of monkeypox, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), but according to reports, the vast majority of cases are in men who have sex with men.

The declaration coincides with cities, such as San Francisco and New York, and states, such as Illinois and California, declaring monkeypox an emergency.

“Monkeypox virus is a rare but potentially serious disease that requires the full mobilization of all available public health resources to prevent further spread,” Illinois Governor JB Pritzker said in a statement announcing his condition. emergency last week:

Meanwhile, Florida officials have warned Americans to be wary of mainstream media reports, accusing them of trying to stoke fear, just as they have with China’s coronavirus.

State Chief Medical Officer Joseph Ladapo told a press conference last week:

It’s really remarkable to see some of the titles, and the titles that are very clearly trying to scare you out of monkeypox or fill the void, you know, because if you’re not scared of that, there’s will be something else after that and something else after that.

“I mean, these people are determined to scare you and do whatever they want you to do,” he added, noting that there had been no deaths in the state as of reason for illness.


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