Infectious disease and public health specialist Dr. Paul Cieslak talks about the latest viruses in the news: monkeypox and polio. He shares the latest data on the monkeypox outbreak, the reality of how and how much it’s spreading, and what public health officials should be doing about it. He also touches on the difficulty of giving honest and helpful public health recommendations when outside narratives take over, renewed risks of old viruses as vaccination rates go down, and the most important things people should be doing to keep themselves and others safe.
Top 3 Takeaways:
- Practice chastity and you won’t get monkeypox. The vast majority of people are not at risk.
- Polio is spreading. 1 in 200 people can be paralyzed by the virus.
- Consider getting vaccinated if you’ve fallen behind on scheduled vaccines.