Despite self-congratulatory back-patting by Vermont’s Department of Health, Vermont’s response to COVID may not have been the stellar excellence presented. But there is no question that its response to the so-called “global threat” of monkeypox is nothing short of comically incompetent.
Monkeypox is a generally non-fatal disease that surfaced in the UK on May 7, and is now being labeled a global threat. As has been reported, vaccines are being offered to Vermont children under age 8, and pregnant women.
The Vermont Department of Health doesn’t want to call the disease monkeypox “to reduce stigma,” yet they do not explain why it is stigmatized. Is it because 99% of those contracting the disease are gay? One wouldn’t know by virtue of the Vermont news media, as 8-year-olds and pregnant women are being advised to get vaccinated against a disease that impacts gay men almost exclusively, without ever explaining that basic fact.
This is a complete professional failure, indeed a farce — medicine and science are being sacrificed on the altar of far-left ideological tomfoolery. Most Vermonters do not support tomfoolery with the health of young children and pregnant mothers, just as many challenged subjecting young children to COVID vaccines.
Projecting inaccurate health information to protect political identities is not scientific, not professional, and not trustworthy. For starters, will every case of chicken pox or toe fungus now be a WHO global pandemic? There is essentially no risk of death from monkeypox.
It has not been explained how monkeypox threatens the world — is it because people with lesions can’t work and that might hurt the economy? That would be a novel consideration, given what transpired during COVID. But more, this non-lethal disease impacts almost exclusively gay men (and yet the hyperbole is being directed toward (uninfected) pregnant women):
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that 99% of monkeypox transmission is happening between men who have sex with men … At a news briefing Friday, public health officials stressed that few cases have been diagnosed in people outside the community of men who have sex with men, and even those outside cases have been related or adjacent. The first two children in the US who were recently diagnosed with monkeypox, for example, are believed to have contracted their infections through household spread.
Factually, the disease is spreading through gay men and those near them, not pregnant women. Instead of alerting the public to these scientific facts, there is a “don’t say gay” coverup — even as doses are to be distributed “equitably.” This hardly instills trust. The Vermont Department of Health cannot even competently dissemble.
When AIDS struck our nation, there was prejudice against gays. Some, like Anthony Fauci, raised alarms that everyone was at risk from even mild contact. AIDS took lives, there was no available treatment, and people died. Now we have a disease that does appear to be isolated largely in the gay community, that is not fatal, and for which there is a rapidly-deployed vaccine administered to pregnant women and young children without mention that they are a mere 1% at risk of getting a rash.
The Vermont Department of Health’s monkeypox protocols fail both gay men and the rest of us — gay men should be warned and protected, and resources directed appropriately. Instead, pregnant women and parents of young children are being unjustifiably made anxious, the government is promulgating laughably false information, and public trust is being eroded.
Will the Vermont Health Department advocate that all pregnant women take AIDS drugs as a preventive against AIDS? What possible side effects could be caused by inoculating children and pregnant women against a nonfatal disease like monkeypox? The ideologically-compromised Vermont Health Department refuses to utter the word gay at the expense of public health.
State Sen. Becca Balint claims that parents concerned about their children receiving gender hormone therapies or viewing graphic novels of fellatio in Vermont elementary schools are trying to “ban the word gay in schools.”
As Vermonters try to discern when it is OK to say gay or not, it appears that you can’t say gay when you disguise the truth about medical decisions, but you can say gay to stifle parents seeking to protect their children from surreptitious gender hormone therapy without their consent. It’s like a magic wizard word.
John Klar is an attorney and farmer residing in Brookfield. © Copyright True North Reports 2022. All rights reserved.