Florida Gov. DeSantis on monkeypox emergency declarations: ‘We are not doing fear’

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis reacted to current motion taken in response to the U.S. monkeypox virus outbreak, telling reporters in a Wednesday media briefing that his authorities is “not doing fear.” 

The Republican governor mentioned throughout a press briefing that Florida would, as an alternative, “focus on facts.”

“I am so sick of politicians — and we saw this with COVID — trying to sow fear into the population,” he mentioned. “We had people calling, mothers worried about whether their kids could catch it at school.”

“We are not doing fear,” DeSantis added. “And, we are not going to go out and try to rile people up and try to act like people can’t live their lives as they’ve been normally doing because of something.”

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks during a news conference in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on Aug. 18, 2021.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis speaks throughout a information convention in Pembroke Pines, Florida, on Aug. 18, 2021.
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He claimed that leaders of states which have declared public well being emergencies would abuse these powers to “restrict your freedom.” 

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“I guarantee you that’s what will happen,” he mentioned. “We saw it so much with COVID.” 

Govs. Kathy Hochul, Gavin Newsom and J.B. Pritzker — all Democrats from New York, California and Illinois, respectively — have declared states of emergency over the unfold of monkeypox.

New York at present accounts for 1,666 of U.S. circumstances.

People wait to receive the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination site in Manhattan on July 26, 2022.

Individuals wait to obtain the monkeypox vaccine at a mass vaccination website in Manhattan on July 26, 2022.
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The most recent information from the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention (CDC) reveals 525 confirmed monkeypox and orthopoxvirus circumstances reported in Florida and now 6,617 nationwide.

This photograph taken on March 5, 2021, shows a sign of the World Health Organization (WHO) at the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the coronavirus outbreak.

This {photograph} taken on March 5, 2021, reveals an indication of the World Well being Group (WHO) on the entrance of their headquarters in Geneva amid the coronavirus outbreak.
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The World Well being Group (WHO) has declared monkeypox a world well being emergency, with the virus spreading to tens of nations that do not usually have infections. 

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Monkeypox can unfold to anybody by way of shut, private and sometimes skin-to-skin contact, together with direct contact with objects and surfaces which were utilized by somebody with monkeypox. 

A pregnant particular person can unfold the virus to their fetus by way of the placenta.

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