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Monkeypox outbreak: Have we learned anything from COVID pandemic? Key pts

1. Whenever there is a viral outbreak, people tend to fight the last war. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, there was an extreme paranoia, which led to downplaying of coronavirus at the initial stage. Now, because people catastrophically underestimated COVID, they are panicking about monkeypox. The first test is now how we handle the current crisis without panicking.

“I don’t think people should be freaking out at this stage," Carl Bergstrom of the University of Washington told the Atlantic. 

2. COVID was completely unfamiliar when it first appeared, but monkeypox is a known quantity. “Monkeypox does not scream ‘airborne’ at me; COVID-19 did," Linsey Marr, an aerosol expert at Virginia Tech. But the concern is, it is a zoonotic infection. 

“We can’t use what happened with previous monkeypox outbreaks to make sweeping statements. If we’ve learned anything from COVID, it’s to have humility," Marr added. 

3. The smallpox vaccine incidentally protected against monkeypox. And when new generations were born into a world without either smallpox or smallpox-vaccination campaigns, they grew up vulnerable to monkeypox. The dwindling immunity meant that monkeypox infections increased 20-fold in the three decades after smallpox vanished, several reports showed. 

That gives the virus more chances to evolve into a more transmissible pathogen in humans.

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1. Whenever there is a viral outbreak, people tend to fight the last war. During the Ebola outbreak of 2014, there was an extreme paranoia, which led to downplaying of coronavirus at the initial stage. Now, because people catastrophically underestimated COVID, they are panicking about monkeypox. The first test is now how we handle the current crisis without panicking.
monkeypox in Africa say they are baffled by the disease's recent spread in Europe and North America.Cases of the smallpox-related disease have previously been seen only among people with links to central and West Africa. But in the past week, Britain, Spain, Portugal, Italy, U.S., Sweden and Canada all reported infections, mostly in young men who hadn’t previously traveled to Africa.France, Germany, Belgium and Australia confirmed their first cases of monkeypox on Friday."I’m stunned by this.

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In epidemiology, an outbreak is a sudden increase in occurrences of a disease in a particular time and place. It may affect a small and localized group or impact upon thousands of people across an entire continent. Four linked cases of a rare infectious disease may be sufficient to constitute an outbreak. Outbreaks include epidemics, which term is normally only used for infectious diseases, as well as diseases with an environmental origin, such as a water or foodborne disease. They may affect a region in a country or a group of countries. Pandemics are near-global disease outbreaks when multiple countries across the world are infected.

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