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Tucker Carlson advocates renaming monkeypox to Schlong COVID

Tucker Carlson advocates renaming monkeypox to Schlong COVID

Fox News host Tucker Carlson jokingly announced plans to rename monkeypox “schlong COVID” after one woke official thought the existing moniker was racist.

Carlson announced the results of the Twitter vote on his Fox News show Thursday night, saying, “So monkeypox is probably the coolest name for a disease.

“But they’re changing the name because of racism or something.

“So we voted,” Carlson said, “There was no ballot collection. You can trust our calculation. And the new name for monkeypox is now officially—and we’re declaring it—schlong COVID. It won our audience election result with roughly 40% of the vote. So let Rochelle Walensky at the CDC know.”

Walensky is the director of the CDC and one of the most prominent public health officials in the United States

The term “schlong COVID” appears to be a reference to the fact that approximately 95 percent of people who have contracted COVID so far have been gay.

Carlson’s Twitter poll had more than 26,000 votes, with the COVID schlong a favorite among 39 percent of respondents.

Midterm Variant came in second with 24 percent, while Adam Schiffilis finished third with 20 percent and Hunter Hives was fifth with 17 percent.

Some progressive health officials have called for the name of monkeypox to be changed because the original name could be interpreted as racist.

Last month, the World Health Organization said it would rename the disease, although it has yet to announce a replacement term.

Monkeypox exploded in the US, with New York and California becoming the hardest hit states.  San Francisco's mayor declared a state of emergency due to the disease, in part because of calls from LGBTQ leaders

Monkeypox exploded in the US, with New York and California becoming the hardest hit states. San Francisco’s mayor declared a state of emergency due to the disease, in part because of calls from LGBTQ leaders

The jokes came as San Francisco, a city with a high gay population, declared a state of emergency due to the outbreak.

Mayor London Breed’s said her announcement would allow officials to cut through red tape and combat a public health crisis reminiscent of the AIDS epidemic that devastated the city in the 1980s.

Monkey pox generally clears up on its own with mild symptoms, while AIDS had an almost 100% fatality rate during the first 15 years of the epidemic, until the mid-1990s.

Others have suggested that San Francisco is an overreaction.

“We are in a very scary place. And we don’t want to be ignored by the federal government in our time of need. So many leaders of the LGBT community also asked for more help and support and assistance weeks ago,” said Mayor London Breed.

According to her, the city “desperately needs vaccines”.

The declaration, which takes effect Monday, was welcomed by gay advocates who are increasingly frustrated by what they called San Francisco’s lackluster response to the virus, which has so far mostly affected men who have sex with men, although anyone can become infected.

“San Francisco has been at the forefront of the public health response to HIV and COVID-19, and we will be at the forefront when it comes to monkeypox,” said state Sen. Scott Wiener, a Democrat who represents the city. “We cannot and will not let the LGBTQ community dry up.”

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The city has 281 cases, out of about 800 in California and 4,600 nationwide, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Health. A nationwide shortage of the vaccine has led to people waiting in line for hours for insufficient doses and often being turned away when doses run out.

The United States has become the global epicenter of the monkeypox epidemic, overtaking Spain after a record 24 hours in which 1,048 new cases were confirmed.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said on Wednesday that the rise in cases was likely due to an increase in testing after it expanded capacity from 10,000 to 80,000 swabs a week.

But the US infection rate is lower than many other European countries including the UK and Germany (both three per 100,000).

Experts fear the disease has already spread to more vulnerable groups, such as children under the age of eight, who health authorities say are at high risk of serious illness.

Two children — in California and “passing through” D.C. — have tested positive for monkeypox so far, the CDC says.

The U.S. response to monkeypox has been criticized for being too slow to introduce tests and vaccinations early in the epidemic, particularly among gay or bisexual men, where most cases are reported.

No deaths have been reported so far, but several patients have been hospitalized.

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