Monkeypox is almost nothing like COVID-19. Here's what to know, from 2 scientists who've studied it
In this Centers for Disease Control and Prevention handout graphic, symptoms of one of the first known cases of the monkeypox virus are shown on a patient's hand on June 5, 2003. - CDC/Getty Images/Getty Images North America/TNS

Monkeypox is almost nothing like COVID-19. Among the many differences — fortunately, for a world weary of the pandemic — is that monkeypox is far less transmissible. So although a monkeypox case was identified Wednesday in Massachusetts, along with a handful earlier this month in Europe, infectious-disease experts say it won't mean another global health crisis. Yet monkeypox is a serious disease, well worth monitoring so it can be contained with the standard tools of public health. Chief among them, in this case, are vaccines (yes, there already is one) and isolating infected people. Monkeypox...