With Monkey Pox spreading across the continents, how many Americans are afraid of contracting the disease. A lead survey finds that about one in five are concerned about contracting monkey pox.
The survey pointed out that 19 per cent of Americans are worried about getting monkey pox in next three months. The reserachers said that 48 per cent are unsure whether monkey pox is less contagious than Covid. It also noted that 66 per cent were either not sure or do not believe there is a vaccine for monkeypox.
The analysis was based on nationally representative panel of 1,580 U.S. adults surveyed by SSRS for the Annenberg Public Policy Center (APPC) of the University of Pennsylvania.
“It’s important that the public calibrate its concerns to the reality of the risk of Covid-19 and monkeypox and act appropriately,” said Kathleen Hall Jamieson, director of the Annenberg Public Policy Center.
Though people are much concerned about Monkey Pox, the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionsaid that it is a less deadly member of the same family of viruses as smallpox. The disease, discovered in 1958, is typically characterized by rashes, according to the CDC. It is transmitted person-to-person by direct contact with the infectious rash, scabs, or body fluids. The Virus also spreads through respiratory secretions, touching items that touched the infectious body fluid. It can also ber transmitted by pregnant person to a fetus through the placenta, or to and from infected animals.
The WHO has reported about 2,900 cases in the United States as of June 22. It also reported more than 16,000 cases in 75 countries.