Robertson’s Reportings: Monkeypox, Texas School Shooting, Baby Formula Shortage


Sophia Robertson, Editor-in-Chief

Welcome back to another week, the final week, of Robertson’s Reportings! A new virus known as monkeypox has reportedly been spreading throughout Europe and the United States; the first patient in the current outbreak traveled to the United Kingdom after being in Nigeria, a place where the virus is endemic. Monkeypox has been referred to as a “less-lethal relative of smallpox.” Early symptoms are flu-like, but a rash can develop. There have been no deaths in the recent outbreak of over 100 confirmed cases in 17 countries. President Biden stated that monkeypox should be something “everyone is concerned with”; however, monkeypox should not be compared to COVID-19 in any way. Monkeypox “is not another pandemic in the making” because it spreads far less easily, so it’s important not to panic or make assumptions about this virus. 

An elementary school shooting in Uvalde, Texas left 19 students and two adults dead. Before reaching the school, the attacker, an 18-year-old male named Salvador Ramos, shot his grandmother. Friends and classmates claim that Ramos was bullied for his stutter and lisp, and he showed aggression at work and home. They also claim that he once used knives to cut his face “just for fun.” The children killed were in second, third, and fourth grade but were in the same classroom at the time of the shooting. America mourns deeply, as this has been the deadliest school shooting since the attack on Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012 that left 26 people dead.

There has been a severe shortage of infant formula in American stores as a result of the 2021-2022 global supply chain crisis. This shortage is a widespread problem, as 75% of babies consume the formula by the time they are six months old. Operation Fly Formula is a plan created by the government to have baby formula shipped into the country. On Sunday, a military plane carrying 500,000 baby bottles’ worth of formula landed in Indianapolis, and another shipment is expected to arrive this week. 

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