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Two children in the US - one in California - have been diagnosed with monkeypox, an infectious virus similar to smallpox.
Both cases are "likely the result of household transmission" and "had no contact with each other," the Centers for Disease Control said in a statement.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said both children live with gay men.
"Both of those children are traced back to individuals who come from the men who have sex with men community," said Walensky (see video below).
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The monkeypox infection rate in the U.S. is highest in the gay and bisexual community among men who have sex with men.
Monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. It is not a gay disease.
Monkeypox infects adults with compromised immune systems, such as people who are diagnosed with HIV and AIDS, type 1 diabetes, Lupus, or people taking chemotherapy and other drugs.
Compromised immunity means an immune system that isn't functioning properly and does not protect against infection.
Monkeypox also infects pregnant women who may be temporarily immunosuppressed du to gestational diabetes, and babies and toddlers who do not have fully developed immune systems yet.
Monkeypox cases are rising in Atlanta, Georgia where more than 50% of gay males are infected with the HIV virus and have suppressed immune systems.
Monkeypox is spread through skin to skin contact and possibly through airborne droplets.
The virus is spread among people with weak immune systems and babies who don't have fully developed immune systems.
Monkeypox is not a fatal disease. Only 5 deaths have been recorded outside of the US. None in the US.
Even if your immune system is strong, stay vigilant, wash your hands and don't touch your face.
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As Dr. Anthony Fauci and the CDC report "surging" coronavirus "variant" cases, pharmaceutical companies urge a third mRNA vaccine "booster" shot.
Pfizer-BioNTech is projected to earn $30 billion from vaccines in 2021.
Pfizer-BioNTech submitted a request to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for a third vaccination booster shot.
The FDA is already in the process of reviewing Pfizer-BioNTech's request for full approval of its emergency authorized vaccines.
Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla claims that a third booster shot of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 mRNA vaccine will be needed as the Delta and Lambda variants continue to surge across the US.
Bourla claims the immunity provided by the first two mRNA injections will wear off after 6 months.
However, natural God-given immunity typically lasts a lifetime. Natural immunity occurs after a virus enters the body (with or without symptoms).
When healthy, the natural immune system detects and responds to invading virus and kills the pathogens before the organisms can multiply in the body.
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Ugur Sahin, CEO of Pfizer's German partner BioNTech, recently stated that he's not calling for a third booster shot just yet.
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) also said a third booster shot is not needed.
Pfizer said Wednesday it will require all of its U.S. employees and contractors to become fully vaccinated or participate in weekly rapid Covid testing.
Question: If you are fully vaccinated, do you plan to take the third booster shot?
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Yesterday, my post about President Trump achieving immunity against Covid-19 touched a nerve in some of my readers who decided to challenge my knowledge of immunity and antibodies.
In this post I will try to address some of the misconceptions and misinformation expressed in my comments section.
This comment is incorrect. You can't have immunity without antibodies. The two fit together like a hand in glove. Immunity simply means the antibodies will recognize Covid-19 and kill it if it tries to re-infect the body. This protection can last for months or a lifetime.
Someone can be immune and still test positive if the virus is in his body at the time of the test. If you've ever had a cold caused by a coronavirus in your lifetime, you are likely immune to Covid-19. You won't show symptoms (asymptomatic), but you will still test positive for Covid-19.
Asymptomatic means you are infected with the virus but you don't get sick (no symptoms). Immunity means you have the antibodies against the virus, so you won't get sick if you are infected.
This is incorrect. Millions of people have developed antibodies and immunity against the coronavirus. Their serum contains antibodies and doctors use their serum to transfer immunity to others. The CDC and Dr. Fauci have released a lot of misinformation about Covid-19.
It is not necessary to receive treatment in order to become immune. If your immune system is healthy it will develop antibodies to attack an invading virus and prevent that same virus from infecting you again.
What you quoted doesn't specify immunity. But your definition for immunity explains why antibodies are necessary for immunity. Trump's doctor said he has antibodies to the coronavirus. That means Trump has developed antibodies to give him immunity (long-term protection) against Covid-19.
People diagnosed with HIV or AIDS are in the high-risk category for Covid-19. They are not immune to Covid-19. Coronavirus can be suppressed and destroyed by a healthy immune system. But the HIV virus attacks and destroys the immune system before it can put up a fight.
Antiviral or antiretroviral drugs slow the progression of HIV to AIDS by preventing HIV from attaching to and entering white blood cells (WBCs) of the immune system. If the HIV virus can't enter cells, then it can't destroy the immune system and it can't replicate (make copies of itself).
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