Monkeypox is spreading around the world and appearing in many US states – and virologists are watching the situation carefully. “At the moment, we are not concerned about a global pandemic,” Dr Rosamund Lewis of the World Health Organization says:. “We are concerned that individuals will become infected with monkeypox at high risk if they do not have the information they need to protect themselves.” Monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets, skin contact, and bodily fluids — so these are the places you’re most likely to catch it. Read on – and to ensure your health and the health of others, don’t miss these things Sure Signs You Already Have COVID.
Monkeypox spreads through respiratory droplets and body fluids – so indoor bars and restaurants are especially risky. “Any close contact will allow the spread,” Blossom Damania, a virologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill says.
Gyms are prime locations for accidentally passing breath droplets to another person. “Every time there is an outbreak – and the more people are infected – the more chances of monkeypox adapting to humans,” Jay Huber of the US Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases says:.
Spas should be avoided during an outbreak of monkeypox, due to possible close contact with other people in a closed environment and potential virus spread. “We expect more cases to be discovered. We are asking states to increase surveillance,” Maria Van Kerkhove, Chief Technical Officer for Covid-19 at the World Health Organization says. “This is a containable situation. It will be difficult, but it is a containable situation in non-endemic countries.”
Nail salons are another place where people have to come into close physical contact. “It is a virus that is difficult to transmit between humans,” Dr Michael Head, a leading global health expert from the University of Southampton, UK says. “It needs very close contact, for example skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash. Between these new cases, there will be this close contact.”
While anyone can get monkeypox, members of the gay and bisexual community are advised to exercise caution. “Based on currently available information, cases have been identified primarily but not exclusively among MSM seeking care in primary care and sexual health clinics,” The World Health Organization says.
“This does not mean that gay or bisexual men are doing something inherently wrong, that the virus has changed or that it is sexually transmitted, it just means that this behavior is easily transmitted in these networks,” Matthew Prochaska, an infectious disease epidemiologist at the UK’s Health and Security Agency, says:. “We wanted to make sure people understand that the post isn’t exclusively for gay and bisexual men, it just so happens to be in this network.”
Follow the basics of public health and help end this epidemic, no matter where you live – get your vaccination or booster ASAP; If you live in an area with low vaccination rates, wear N95 face maskdo not travel, social distance, avoid large crowds, do not go inside with people you do not shelter (especially in bars), practice good hand hygiene, and to protect your life and the lives of others, do not visit any of these 35 places you’re most likely to get infected with the coronavirus.
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