How scared should we be of monkeypox?

More than 2000 cases of monkeypox have been detected in 30 countries where the virus is not normally seen. 45 cases have recently been identified in the US. The most identifiable symptom of the disease includes a rash that can look like pimples or blisters that appear on the face, inside the mouth, appendages, and genitals. Other symptoms include fever, headache, muscle aches, and backaches, and swollen lymph nodes.

No one has died from monkeypox, according to the CDC. But how worried should we be? Does monkeypox pose a similar risk to Covid? How fast can the virus spread? And are certain populations more vulnerable than others? Do we have effective therapeutics or vaccines to control the spread?


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