Editorial – public health – Information on monkeypox is essential
– Education about monkeypox is essential
Presenting the symptoms or the situations most at risk makes it possible to identify the pathology. People can react correctly if they are sick.
Are we talking too much about monkey pox? After years of Covid-related restrictions, we can understand a certain frustration and the feeling that events are repeating themselves. But it is a fact: the WHO has assigned this disease its highest level of alert.
Speaking of “monkeypox”, the goal is not to worry the crowds but to inform them. A virus appearing in a population that does not know it and therefore has no immunity represents a risk. And this even if, in the case of monkeypox, people vaccinated against classic smallpox can count on some protection. It is necessary to understand why these events occur and to minimize the spread of the virus.
Presenting the symptoms or the most risky situations makes it possible to identify this pathology. Otherwise people will not react if they are sick and will not be isolated. In this logic, it is important to say that today the most affected people are men who have sex with men.
“This does not mean that the apocalypse awaits us, but that we are facing a risk whose magnitude we would prefer not to discover the extent at our expense.”
The danger is to point the finger at one community and deaden the vigilance of others. So, it must be remembered in capital letters: no virus ever targets a given population. Anyone can be affected. What has already happened and could happen more.
It is also a fear that the disease will reach populations at greater risk, such as children, pregnant women or immunocompromised people. What would they risk? Questions remain open and the ideal would be never to have to answer them.
This does not mean that the apocalypse awaits us, but that we are facing a risk whose magnitude we would prefer not to discover at our expense.
Caroline Zurcher has been a journalist for the Switzerland section since 2005. She covers in particular topics related to health and health policy. Previously, she worked for Swissinfo and Le Matin.More informations