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Virologist called monkeypox a mild disease and compared it with a runny nose

The death rate for this virus is almost zero, so there is no point in declaring a pandemic.

Virologist compares monkeypox to the common cold

This was announced in an interview with the radio station “Moscow speaking” by a virologist, professor at the Gamaleya Center Anatoly Altstein.

“We are talking about a disease that is not fatal. It is unpleasant, because a large amount of rash forms on the body, it can be purulent. If the virus is treated correctly, then people do not die. An outbreak of monkeypox has been recorded in many countries. The disease is relatively mild, we do not declare a runny nose as a pandemic, but it is all the time, caused by a virus. People get sick with a runny nose in all countries, however, we are not talking about a pandemic. For the concept of a pandemic, the disease must be threatening. In this case, it doesn’t. There are no consequences either. A runny nose can also have consequences.

It is necessary to strengthen the work on the treatment and prevention of monkeypox in African countries, to suppress the spread of this virus in Europe, America, and Australia, Altstein noted. “It will not end in anything bad for humanity,” the virologist concluded.

According to WHO, in the world identified 3.2 thousand cases of monkeypox. Of these, one case was fatal. In total, the disease was recorded in 48 countries.

This week, the World Health Network (WHN) declared the monkeypox outbreak a pandemic. To counter this, scientists called on countries and global relevant agencies to take immediate action. In Russia, not a single case of infection has been confirmed so far. At the same time, Altstein added that WHN does not have the right to declare a pandemic. This is a private organization that provides medical support for tourists, the virologist noted. According to WHO, 3.2 thousand cases of monkeypox have been identified in the world. Of these, one case was fatal. In total, the disease was recorded in 48 countries.

This week, the World Health Network (WHN) declared the monkeypox outbreak a pandemic. To counter this, scientists called on countries and global relevant agencies to take immediate action. In Russia, not a single case of infection has been confirmed so far. At the same time, Altstein added that WHN does not have the right to declare a pandemic. This is a private organization that provides medical support for tourists, the virologist noted.

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