California Has Declared a State of Emergency Over Monkeypox

These days, California has no shortage of real problems that need fixing. Within the past two years, the state’s lost one seat in the House of Representatives, due to the high number of residents leaving.

On top of that, California remains bogged down by high homelessness rates, growing crime, and costs of living that rising numbers of people just can’t afford. In spite of all these issues, however, Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is directing his energy into running political attack ads in Florida and Texas.

Like other states, California is also facing a recent outbreak of monkeypox. This is apparently such an issue that Newsom recently declared a state of emergency.

What to Know About California’s Emergency Declaration
Monkeypox primarily impacts men who are physically intimate with other men. Yet, in Newsom’s emergency declaration, he stressed the need for a “whole-of-government” reaction to effectively take on this virus.

The California governor then explained the current declaration of emergency will allow for an uptick in vaccination efforts, along with other possible treatments. Newsom later stressed that more efforts concerning general education and outreach will be made possible.

Finally, Newsom’s statement called on the federal government to work to limit risks of monkeypox infections, increase access to vaccines, and resist any stigmas associated with people most likely to contract monkeypox.

The State That Cried Wolf?
To many people, emergency declarations in California don’t carry the same weight that they once did.

This is largely owing to the fact that California remains under a now years-long emergency declaration stemming from COVID-19. Despite a buffet of COVID-19 vaccines and booster shots, Newsom has still not lifted the declaration pertaining to this virus.

The California governor’s comments about pushing back on monkeypox stigmas are also a hot topic for many Americans. After all, Newsom and other Democrats across the nation had no issues with stigmatizing people who opted not to take COVID-19 vaccines.

Even though these vaccines demonstrably do not prevent COVID-19 transmission or infection, people who refused these shots faced policies from Democrats that led to job loss and societal exclusion.

Newsom did not announce a timeframe for ending the state of emergency over monkeypox, nor has he announced an end to the COVID-19-based emergency declaration.