Enough Monkeying Around: What’s the Deal With Monkeypox?

Written by Anil Bajnath, MD
Posted June 6, 2022

Dear Longevity Insider,

Anil Bajnath MD here with your Monday roundup.

If COVID-19 weren’t enough - watch out for the monkeypox, a worldwide virus getting everyone’s attention. Currently, there are over 550 cases in over 30 countries, according to the World Health Organization (WHO).

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevent (CDC) says that at least 20 suspected or confirmed cases have been reported in over 11 states. These states include: California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Massachusetts, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia, Utah and Washington state.

Dr. Raj Panjabi, who leads the White House pandemic preparedness office, told reporters on a call last week: 

“A monkeypox outbreak of this scale and scope across the world… it has not been seen before.”

While CDC officials assure that the monkeypox virus is nothing like what we’ve seen with COVID over the last couple years, many sit on the edge of their seats with anticipation and curiosity to see if monkeypox will cool off or if its spread will increase.

For now here are four important updates you should know:

  • Intentional distribution. To get ahead of the game, the U.S. has already distributed 1,200 doses of vaccine across the country for those who have had high risk exposures to monkeypox.

  • Two options. The U.S. currently has two vaccines in its national stockpile that can be used against monkeypox: Jynneos and ACAM2000.

  • The difference. ACAM2000 is an older generation smallpox vaccine that can have serious side effects Jynneos, however  is a newer generation, two-dose vaccine approved to prevent monkeypox.

  • The great news. Most people who catch monkeypox generally recover in two to four weeks without specific medical treatment.

Most people generally prefer the Jynneos vaccine over the ACAM2000 because of the intense side effects. And things begin to play out - one thing is for certain. The CDC issues a major warning that everyone needs to read. You can check it out right here.

To your longevity,

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Anil Bajnath MD
CEO/Founder, Institute for Human Optimization
Chief Medical Officer, Longevity Insider HQ

P.S. The CDC isn’t the only one with a warning. Stop what you’re doing right now. I need you to hear what I have to say about something else happening in your cells. I will explain it right here.

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