Andy Cohen: Don’t stigmatize homosexual males amid monkeypox disaster

TV host Andy Cohen has a message for the media and the federal government amid the monkeypox outbreak: Don’t stigmatize homosexual males.

Whereas filming an episode of “Watch What Happens Live” Monday, Cohen shared his ideas on the monkeypox outbreak, which the World Well being Group not too long ago declared a “public health emergency of international concern.”

Monkeypox is a illness just like smallpox — although often milder — with signs together with fever, aches, swollen lymph nodes, chills, fatigue and a rash.

“Monkeypox cases have risen so dramatically in New York City that Mayor Eric Adams issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency today, after what’s been an abysmal response from our government so far,” Cohen mentioned, talking on to viewers.

“I’m hoping this new order will help our leaders actually deal with this threat and pressure the federal government to deploy badly needed resources like vaccines, which have been very hard to come by.”

The “Real Housewives” producer addressed his subsequent remarks particularly to his “gay brothers,” urging them to take the unfold of the virus “seriously.”

“This is affecting us at much higher rates than others right now, so be aware, get vaccinated if you can, and please — I know it’s summer, we all have COVID fatigue — but please be safe and don’t take unnecessary risks,” he added.

Whereas monkeypox is essentially spreading amongst males who’ve intercourse with males in addition to transgender and nonbinary folks, well being officers warn that anybody can contract the virus via direct contact with infectious sores, scabs or physique fluids, in addition to by touching clothes and bedding utilized by somebody with the sickness.

On Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in California over the unfold of monkeypox in an effort to “bolster the state’s vaccination efforts.”

“I call on everyone in the government and the media to not stigmatize our community, which is already under attack from many who’d rather use us as a scapegoat than help us,” Cohen continued in his PSA.

“And if you’re not a gay man, you might think this doesn’t affect you now, but this is everyone’s problem. Because as we’ve learned from very recent history, unless we act now, these things can get a whole lot worse very quickly.”

Instances employees author Taryn Luna contributed to this report.