New York City Likes To destroy science and embrace politics when it comes to public health. Just watch the crazy monkeypox saga.
Mayor Eric Adams declared monkeypox this weekend a “public health emergency” following a similar call from Gov. Cathy Hochhol.
Look serious! However, in mid-July the city issued advice on monkeypox (which spreads through close physical contact, in this outbreak mostly among gay men) saying that simply covering up the pests and avoiding kissing would be enough to slow its spread.
Don Weiss, a city health department veteran who has served on the front lines of many outbreaks, opposed him and said so publicly, arguing instead that gay men should temporarily reduce the number of their sexual partners to help control the infection. He was then reassigned, he claims, disciplinaryly; The city later renounced his ideas.
It’s the whole ugly story of COVID, once again.
naturally People (homosexual or straight) should rein in sexual activity to limit the spread of disease through close physical contact. Even who agrees!
But it is clear that concerns about the “stigmatization” of gays have prompted the city’s health czar Ashwin Vasan and his associates to reject Weiss’ reasonable advice, and their guidance remains unchanged so far despite the “state of emergency”.
The truth is, stigma has nothing to do with it. Weiss also emailed colleagues, “If we had an outbreak associated with bowling, wouldn’t we warn people to stop bowling?” And fears of stigma make politics dreadful: Remember how public health “experts” indicated, at the start of the pandemic, that anxiety about COVID was racist (anti-Chinese) Absolutely?
The contrast between the city’s messages about the coronavirus and its talk of monkeypox is striking. In this ’emergency’, people are free to manage their risk of catching a recent illness – when schools, businesses, and life in general had to be closed for more than a year due to COVID.
Our public health institution clearly cares a lot about politics, and does not protect the public it is supposed to serve.