Monday, 28 November 2022

The battle we aren't winning

Monkeypox given new name by World Health Organisation - disease will now be called 'mpox'

Last month leading infectious disease expert Professor Neil Ferguson said the UK looked to be winning the battle against the disease as case numbers were dropping - but he warned against complacency and highlighted the risk of a resurgence.

Monkeypox has been rebranded 'mpox' by the World Health Organisation (WHO) after receiving complaints that the current name for the disease is "racist and stigmatising".

The battle we aren't winning is the battle against worse than useless 'experts'.


Peter MacFarlane said...

What, Professor Neil “Millions will die” Ferguson? Him?

Given his track record I’m not sure that “leading expert” is the way I’d describe him.

A K Haart said...

Peter - I wouldn't either. I suppose the media like him because they like wildly pessimistic predictions.

Sam Vega said...

As monkeypox is apparently spread by sexual encounters with strangers, I wouldn't write Ferguson off as an expert.

A K Haart said...

Sam - good point - field work can be most instructive.