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The Monkeypoxalypse Should Be Keeping You Up At Night

Forget monkeypox. Why are there so many monkeys in art?

Monkeypox is here
Abraham Teniers, mid 17th century — Apes playing cards (although they look like monkeys to me) Public Domain

After Covid, virologists are already bored with monkeypox. Can you blame them? It is a virus strain with a mortality rate of 1–3% (but only in rural Africa), an R0 of less than 1, and we already have a pretty badass vaccine.




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Carlyn Beccia

Carlyn Beccia

Author & illustrator. My latest books — 10 AT 10, MONSTROUS: THE LORE, GORE, & SCIENCE, and THEY LOST THEIR HEADS. Contact:

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