Written by Aparajeya Shanker, Christos Tsagkaris
The WHO declared Monkeypox as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on the 23rd of July 2022. At the time of writing this letter, there are 25,000 globally confirmed Monkeypox cases. Considering the steep and constant rise in cases over the last weeks, the authors believe that lessons from the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic need to be harnessed for framing a comprehensive public health response. The 4 Ds from COVID-19 are four domains which policy-makers, the healthcare community and the general public need to heed when devising a response to Monkeypox. These are 1) Disinformation, 2) Development, 3) Distribution, and 4) Diplomacy.