Monkeypox Quick Take: What do Americans Think, Believe, Fear?

A new survey of monkeypox outbreak perceptions among US adults offers primary care clinicians a quick take on what their patients may be thinking.

The monkeypox virus outbreak is causing significant concern in some parts of the country, most notably in New York where the state today declared monkeypox an “Imminent Threat to Public Health” and in San Francisco where the mayor announced a “legal state of emergency” around the outbreak.

What do Americans think about the monkeypox virus and the outbreak at this stage? Are false beliefs beginning to coalesce around misinformation already in wide circulation? Are people afraid of contracting monkeypox?

The Annenberg Public Policy Center posted findings today from a survey conducted July 12-18, 2022 of more than 1500 Americans that queried these topics and more. Get a quick take on the results in the slides below.