Andy Cohen is using his platform to spread an important message about the monkeypox virus.
During Monday’s shooting Watch live what’s happeningthe host, 54, spoke directly to his gay male audience about the importance of vigilance during the monkeypox outbreak, which has disproportionately affected gay and bisexual men.
“Monopox cases have risen so dramatically in New York City that Mayor Eric Adams today issued an executive order declaring a state of emergency,” Cohen explained. “After what has so far been a terrible response from our government, I hope this new order will help our leaders actually address this threat and put pressure on the federal government to deploy much-needed resources, such as vaccines, which were very difficult to obtain. .”
Things took a sombre turn when the host spoke directly to his queer male audience.
“I want to have a word with my gay brothers,” he began. “We need to take this seriously as this affects us much more than others right now so be warned get vaccinated if you can and please – I know it’s summer and we all have COVID fatigue – but be please be safe. Don’t take unnecessary risks. I know it’s summer, but keep it locked.”
“At the same time,” he continued, “I call on everyone in government and the media not to stigmatize our community, which is already being attacked by many who would rather use us as scapegoats than help us and if you’re not gay.” “You may think this doesn’t affect you now, but this is everyone’s problem because as we have learned from very recent history, unless we act now, these things could get much worse very quickly.”
Cohen’s video has welcomed a growing number of commentators praising the host for speaking candidly about the matter to his audience.
“THANK YOU ANDY,” fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi wrote, as actor Russell Tovey added the two-handed emoji.
“Thank you Andy, for such a clear and caring message,” wrote one fan, while another added: “Not many people are speaking out about this latest threat to our health. Thank you Andy. Be safe everyone.” Another comment read, “Fantastic Andy! So appreciate using your platform for this PSA.”
The need for such a message is clear: As of Aug. 1, there have been 5,811 confirmed cases of monkeypox in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, with the vast majority of men having sex with men.
While there has been criticism from LGBTQ activists over the government’s lack of planning and vaccine distribution, monkeypox has continued to spread across other cities in America — and not just among gay and bisexual men.
As reported by TBEN News, at least four children in the US have now tested positive for monkeypox.
Meanwhile, California and New York have officially declared a state of emergency. According to the NYC Health Department, approximately 150,000 New Yorkers are “currently at risk for monkey pox exposure.”
In California, as reported by the The Bharat Express News, nearly 800 cases of monkeypox have been reported in the state, per state public health officials. To date, the state has received more than 61,000 doses of vaccine and distributed more than 25,000.
While monkeypox is rarely fatal, India has reported only one death and Spain has reported two, raising concern. People usually recover within a few weeks, although the lesions and blisters caused by the virus are extremely painful, especially when they occur in the throat or anus.
At this time, it is unknown whether it can be spread through semen or vaginal fluids, according to the CDC. However, it is known that people who do not have symptoms of monkeypox cannot spread the virus to others.