Monkeypox isn't as dangerous as COVID-19, but its transmission rate has experts worried

By Steve Goldstein
Published: Friday, August 12, 2022 - 11:15am
Updated: Friday, August 12, 2022 - 11:16am

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The COVID-19 pandemic has been affecting all of our lives and causing health problems for many since early in 2020.

Even with that reality, most of us have been able to carry out everyday activities thanks to vaccines, masks and limiting the amount of time we spend in crowded areas.

And although monkeypox isn’t spreading the same way as COVID-19 or infecting nearly as many people, it is another public health concern in our communities. So what are the explanations for why society is being hit by another contagious illness? Aren’t we supposed to be able to rely on science and medicine to keep these in check?

To learn more, The Show spoke with Joshua LaBaer, the executive director of Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute.

Joshua LaBaer
Arizona State University
Joshua LaBaer

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