CDC alerts gay and bisexual men are prone to getting monkeypox

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention alerted that gay and bisexual men are getting the monkeypox virus more easily and spreading it to the community on Monday.

A CDC official, Dr. John Brooks stated that anyone who can contract monkeypox through closed personal contact would be in danger regardless of their sexual orientation. Dr. Brooks added that many of those affected are gay and bisexual, however. While it did not mean that sexual orientation determined who contracted the monkeypox, the population susceptible is in the gay and bisexual community.

Dr. Brooks said monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease, but it can be transmitted through sexual and intimate contact as well as through shared bedding. The virus spreads through contact with body fluids and sores. He added that it is very important for physicians and individuals to be aware of the symptoms associated with monkeypox, particularly anal or genital lesions that can be confused with herpes, syphilis, or chickenpox.

“Anyone with a rash or lesion around or involving their genitals, their anus or any other place that they have not seen it before, should be fully evaluated, both for that rash but particularly for sexually transmitted infection and other illnesses that can cause rash,” Brooks said.

Monkeypox usually begins with symptoms similar to the flu including fever, headache, muscle aches, chills, exhaustion, and swollen lymph nodes. It leads to body rashes on the face, hands, feet, eyes, mouth, or genitals that turn into raised bumps that become blisters.

Dr. Jennifer McQuiston, a CDC official said that while the virus has a long incubation period, patients are considered most infectious when they have a rash. Though monkeypox can spread through respiratory droplets, the virus comes from infected lesions in the throat and mouth that can expel it into the air. Transmission from respiratory droplets requires prolonged face-to-face contact, according to CNBC,

“This is not Covid,” McQuiston said. “Respiratory spread is not the predominant worry. It is contact and intimate contact in the current outbreak setting and population.”

The smallpox vaccine appears to be about 85% effective at preventing monkeypox, based on research in Africa, according to the CDC. The U.S. has a stockpile of 100 million doses of an older generation vaccine called ACAM2000 that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration for people at high risk of smallpox, according to McQuiston. However, the vaccine can have significant side effects and any decision to use it widely would require serious discussion, she said.

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Rare opportunity to see the Eclipse

A rare opportunity to see the sky is available if you live in the southern part of South America or the southeastern Pacific Ocean. According to NASA, on the mornings of this Saturday, April 30, and Sunday, May 1, 2022, the two brightest planets, Venus and Jupiter will show up only half a degree apart. These two brightest planets will be visible about 7 degrees above the eastern horizon as morning twilight begins along with Mars and Saturn, which will appear farther to the upper right of Venus and Jupiter. The close pairing of the two brightest planets is very unusual to see.

Saturday afternoon, April 30, 2022, at 4:28 p.m. EDT, will be the new moon, and when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun, there will be a partial solar eclipse in the sky. If you live around the southeastern Pacific Ocean or the southern part of South America, you will see the tail of the Moon that blocks part of the Sun.

This eclipse will be first visible at 2:45 p.m. EDT (18:45 GMT) in the areas of visibility. it will end at 6:37 p.m. EDT (22:37 GMT); the event will take about 4 hours, according to TimeandDate.com.

In eastern culture, especially in Korea, around 1,500 years ago, some people used eclipses as evidence of witchcraft and manipulated the masses into complying. Hopefully, it won’t happen this time around.

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Adam’s Law Signed in Virginia

On April 20, 2022, Gov. Youngkin signed “Adam’s Law,” mean t to expand hazing education and training on college campuses.

This law was signed in memory of Adam Oakes, who died from alcohol poisoning after accepting bid to join the Delta Chi chapter at Virginia Commonwealth University in February 2021.

Adam’s Law will also add immunity to those that in good faith. report act of hazing and call for help. Colleges will also be required to maintain and publicly post hazing violations reported from student organizations online.

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Winter isn’t Over Yet!

The U.S. eastern seaboard is expecting a post-Easter Nor’easter which could lead to snow on parts of the region this week, according to AccuWeather meteorologists.

The storm is expected to hit the region from early Monday evening until around midday Tuesday. Wintry mix is expected for much of central Pennsylvania, while most other areas will likely see rain and thunderstorms.

On Easter sunday, April 17 was mostly sunny and brisk with high temperature in upper 40’s to mid 50’s. Snows or wintry mixes are expected for states from Philadelphia to Maine, although rain and thunderstorms are expected for the areas by the Atlantic ocean all the way down to South Carolina.

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Brooklyn Sub Shooting Person of Interest: Frank R. James

This morning, the subway in Brooklyn was filled with people panicking, flying bullets, and smoke. The chaos left 20 people injured.

The police is now looking for Frank R. James, a 62 year old man, in connection with the attack, as he rented a U-Haul van that could be linked to the shooting. The U-Haul was rented in Philadelphia.

NYPD is urging anyone with information on his whereabouts. Mr. Frank R. James seems to have addresses in Wisconsin and Philadelphia and have recently posted several social media posts with bigoted views. He also criticized the NYC mayor Eric Adams.

A male attacker detonated two smoke grenades and opened fire at Brooklyn’s 36th street station and occurred just before 8:30 EST on Tuesday. The man was identified as having a Glock 9 mm semi-automatic handgun.

All of the victims are expected to survive.

$50,000 reward is offered for information leading to the arrest of the suspect.

The gunman himself was roughly 5′ 5″, and around 170 lbs. His actions are not being treated as act of terrorism.

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Price Gouging Gas Station Fined

A gas station also known as West End Motors in Lovettsville, Loudoun County reached a settlement with Virginia Attorney General over price-gouging during the Colonial Pipeline shutdown last year. The company was charged with violating the Virginia Post-Disaster Anti-Price Gouging Act.

Between May 11 and May 14, the gas station charged prices of $3.51 for unleaded regular, $3.799 for midgrade, and $3.999 for premium above average. This increase is around 24% to 22% increase over what the gas station was charging the previous 10 days.

The Attorney General also argued that the price raise was not due to regular business cost increase, and that the price increase likely was much more than the average alleged.

West End Motors agreed to stop any further violations and pay $6,567.53 in restitution for affected customers, $1,250 in civil penalties, and $1,250 in attorney’s fees.

If any affected customers purchased gas on May 11, 12, or 14, 2021 from West End Motors and desire a compensation, they should file a complaint with the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Section.

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Virginia to Protect Dogs and Cats

Virginia has passed a new law prohibiting the sale of dogs and cats for experimental purposes and tightening the definition of animal cruelty. Anyone caught selling or offering to sell animals for experiments could be charged with a class 1 misdemeanor for each animal.

Breeders will also have to keep records of their animals for five years after the animal’s sale.

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85 mph Tornado Also Confirmed in Centreville

On March 31, the Northern Virginia and Maryland area was under a tornado warning until about 8:50 PM. The National Weather Service confirmed a tornado landing in Tysons Corner. The National Weather Service confirmed a second hit in Virginia, spotted in Centreville, Virginia on March 31, around 8:21 PM. Thankfully, no injuries or deaths were reported, but several trees were downed.

The tornado traveled 80 yards near Cub Run Elementary School. The max wind reached was 85 mph, with path width of 30 years, and at the strength of EF0 on the Enhanced Fujita Scale.

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21 States Sue Biden Administration to Stop Mask Mandates in Airplanes

On Tuesday, 21 states filed a suit to end the federal mandate requiring people to wear masks when traveling on most modes of public transportation, including airplanes and buses. The mandate was extended through April 18.

The plaintiff named includes the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Transportation Security Administration, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Department of Homeland Security.

Most mask mandates have been updated, and the only federal mandate that really stays in place is the mask mandate for public transportation.

Airlines have been supportive of the states seeking to end the mandate. Last week, executives from 10 airlines and the American Public Transportation Association sent letters to Biden urging him to end pandemic-related travel policies including mask mandates.

The new 30-page suit filed in U.S. District Court in the Middle District of Florida calls the mandate “arbitrary and capricious.”

The 21 states that filed the suit are Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

Children younger than 2 and people with certain disabilities are exempt from the mask requirement, and the government has yet to actually announce a COVID-19 endemic.

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Loudoun County Wants to Increase Real Estate Taxes?!

Loudoun County and the Town of Middleburg are proposing to increase property tax levies, mostly based on reports of an increase in property value assessments controlled and assessed by the County. 

Loudoun County justifies the tax increase based on inflation and 10-25% increase in property values from 2020-2021; Loudoun is currently entertaining at least 2-3% increase, with some households being assessed more.

2022, according to Loudoun County, excluding additional assessments due to new construction or improvements to property, exceeds last year’s total assessed value of real property by 15.13%. As a result, a $650,000 assessed single-family home could go up around $53, while townhomes have increased value at a more aggressive rate resulting in potential tax bills of an additional $136 per year.

The first announcement of this meeting was prominently advertised in Loudoun Now on February 17 in accordance with the Virginia state code.

According to the Virginia state code, the announcement of this public hearing must appear in the county newspaper in at least 18 point type and take up one-eighth of a page in any section except the legal notice/classified section. 

How Loudoun County citizens will handle the news amidst dropping value of the US dollar due to the inflation has yet to be fully expressed.

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