Report: Monkeypox is spreading, but mortality rates remain low

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What started as a handful of isolated monkeypox cases in the United Kingdom has officially been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO) on July 23. The worldwide number of cases has risen to 21,099 as of July 29 according to data by global.health aggregated by Our World in Data. While countries like India, Brazil and Spain have reported the first deaths in connection with the virus, mortality is not a concern yet as our chart shows.

 

Related: Where exactly has monkeypox spread to already?

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Even in the countries with the highest number of cases per one million residents, Gibraltar, Spain, Portugal and the Netherlands, only Spain reported two deaths which could also potentially be tied to existing comorbidities. Brazil recorded 4.6 cases per one million residents and one death until this past Friday, while India’s concentration of 0.003 cases per one million inhabitants has resulted in one death so far.

 

In countries where the disease is endemic, mostly Central African nations, an estimated 70 people have died from or with monkeypox this year. While Nigeria, the United Kingdom, the United States and Singapore saw small clusters of monkeypox infections over the past few years, the current wave already surpasses any recent outbreaks by a considerable margin.

 

According to the WHO, Monkeypox symptoms include “fever, intense headache, swelling of the lymph nodes, back pain, muscle aches and intense lack of energy” and a skin rash. The virus is primarily transmitted by close physical contact and has, in this specific outbreak, largely been diagnosed in men being intimate with men. This has led to concerns about a rise in discrimination against gay and bisexual men, drawing comparisons to the sentiment prevalent during the U.S. AIDS epidemic of the 70s and 80s.

 

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US billionaires who are still profiting off the pandemic

 

While Russian billionaires have been the focus of attention due to the ongoing fighting in Ukraine and the ensuing sanctions against Russian individuals and entities, their counterparts in the United States have accumulated an additional $1.7 trillion of net worth since the start of the pandemic two years ago. This marks an increase of 57 percent compared to March 2020 data from Forbes aggregated by U.S.-based organization Americans For Tax Fairness (ATF). Four of the six biggest earners are Big Tech CEOs.

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Sitting on top of this specific bracket are Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Microsoft’s Bill Gates with $165 billion and $130 billion, respectively. Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin claim ranks five and six with $114 billion and $109 billion, respectively, while head of the multinational conglomerate Berkshire-Hathaway, Warren Buffett stands at a net worth of $118 billion as of March 10, 2022.

 

Arguably the biggest success story is Elon Musk’s rise to riches over the course of the last 24 months. Tesla‘s CEO increased his net worth by 851 percent from $24.6 billion to $234 billion owing largely to the success of his company stock despite the auto maker having to rely on carbon credits to generate net income up until 2021.

 

While numbers this big might be hard to grasp, ATF compiled some comparisons to put this development into perspective. President Biden’s Build Back Better plan, for example, is estimated to cost $2 trillion over the next ten years. The net worth gain of every U.S. billionaire combined over the last two years could finance a majority of the ambitious plan without the profiteers becoming any poorer in the process.

 

The immense wealth disparity is also evident when comparing the U.S.’ 704 billionaires with the 65 million households making up the bottom half of U.S. society in terms of income. The latter’s combined net worth clocks in at around $3.4 trillion, that of the billionaire class adds up to $4.6 trillion.

 

Here are the net worths of U.S. billionaires since the start of the pandemic, ordered from lowest to highest overall net worth, as of March 2022.

 

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  • March 18, 2020: $49.1B
  • March 10, 2022: $109.4B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +123%

 

Wikimedia Commons / Steve Jurvetson

 

  • March 18, 2020: $50.9B
  • March 10, 2022: $113.6B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +123%

 

Wikimedia Commons / Stansfield PL

 

  • March 18, 2020: $67.5B
  • March 10, 2022: $117.6B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +74%

 

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  • March 18, 2020: $98B
  • March 10, 2022:  $129.5B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +32%

 

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  • March 18, 2020: $113B
  • March 10, 2022: $165.1B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +46%

 

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  • March 18, 2020: $24.6B
  • March 10, 2022: $234B
  • 24-month wealth increase: +851%

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