08.18.2022 | Forbes
By Steve Brozak
What will happen when your child’s school reports their first case of monkeypox? It is not a question of if, it is a question of when. Monkeypox may not be lethal, but it is both debilitating and disfiguring. What can be done to prevent or mitigate the harm? Consider what follows.
Yesterday’s announcement by Dr. Rochelle P. Wallensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), that the handling of the pandemic has been “botched” from the start was long overdue.
Dealing with the national emergency of monkeypox will afford the CDC an opportunity to demonstrate its resolve to handle public health challenges better. To succeed, the CDC must promptly address the failings of its pandemic response: letting political pressure supplant scientific guidelines, deploying faulty testing kits, failing to publish pandemic data in a timely fashion, releasing confusing, and often contradictory, messaging, and failing to develop a targeted, coordinated national pandemic strategy.
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