Monkeypox And The BA.5 Variant : 1A The latest omicron variant, BA.5, is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. It's also the most transmissible yet.

And as much of the country went maskless this summer, COVID surged. President Joe Biden tested positive twice in July.

As cities and states cope with another spike, the Biden administration is also responding to an outbreak of monkeypox. The WHO said the outbreak of the disease is a global health emergency. The CDC has identified more than 5,000 known cases of monkeypox in the U.S., the highest number of cases globally.

Some cities and states have declared their own public health emergencies as they wait for the federal government's response. The first U.S. case was identified in May and the caseload is now outpacing the rollout of vaccines.

We discuss the latest on the BA.5 variant. We also discuss the spread of monkeypox and what can be done to limit the spread.

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Monkeypox And The BA.5 Variant

Monkeypox And The BA.5 Variant

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The number of monkeypox cases is outpacing the rollout of the vaccine to prevent the spread.

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The latest omicron variant, BA.5, is now the dominant COVID strain in the U.S. right now. It's also the most transmissible yet.

As much of the country went maskless this summer, the variant caused COVID to surge. President Joe Biden tested positive twice in July.

Cases in Los Angeles went up by 50 percent in July. Daily COVID deaths doubled. Health officials were weighing whether to reinstate an indoor mask mandate but decided not to after a decline in cases.

In New York City, hospitalizations rose to 70 percent in over a month.

As cities and states cope with another spike, the Biden administration is also responding to an outbreak of monkeypox. The WHO said the outbreak of the disease is a global health emergency. The CDC has identified more than 5,000 known cases of monkeypox in the U.S., the highest number of cases globally.

Some cities and states have declared their own public health emergencies as they wait for the federal government's response. The first U.S. case was identified in May, and the caseload is now outpacing the rollout of vaccines.

So, how did monkeypox spread so quickly? And what can be done to limit the spread?

Dr. Abraar Karan, Dr. CĂ©line Gounder, and Dan Diamond join us for the conversation.

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