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Declaring Monkeypox A Global Health Emergency Is A Preventative Step—Not A Reason For Panic

On July 23, 2022, the director-general of the World Health Organization Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared monkeypox a public health emergency of international concern. “This decision by the WHO, though it may sound ominous, is not a sign of bad things to come. Rather, it is a way to prevent monkeypox from becoming a global crisis,” Global health expert Kathryn H. Jacobsen writes, who doesn’t think most people should worry about monkeypox.

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How Do Pandemics End? Diseases Fade But Are Almost Never Truly Gone

Epidemiologists and public-health specialists have been using mathematical models to forecast the future in an effort to curb the coronvirus’ spread. But infectious disease modeling is tricky. Epidemiologists warn that “[m]odels are not crystal balls,” and even sophisticated versions, like those that combine forecasts or use machine learning, can’t necessarily reveal when the pandemic will end or how many people will die.

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