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July 26, 2022

W.H.O. Declared MonkeyPox Spread A Global Health Emergency: What You Need To Know

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W.H.O. Declared MonkeyPox Spread A Global Health Emergency: What You Need To Know
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Welp, here we go again.

It’s been two years since the COVID pandemic wreaked havoc around the world. Even today we are still dealing with the repercussions and different subvariants of COVID-19. Despite this, many New Yorkers have been going about their days as they would have before the pandemic hit. Mask-less, gloveless, and not sanitizing their hands nearly as much as they did back in March 2020, New Yorkers have been enjoying their post-pandemic life.

 Now, there’s a surge of cases in NYC from monkeypox. To add the cherry on top, the World Health Organization declared monkeypox a global health emergency of international concern. Big yikes. Should we resurrect old habits to protect ourselves from this new virus? 

What Is Monkeypox?

As one may assume, monkeypox was first discovered in colonies of monkeys that were used for research in 1958. Though, this doesn’t mean that the virus originated from animals. According to a study published in 2008, monkeypox was starting to become a concern for humans if it was introduced to an unvaccinated population. In turn, the virus can become an epidemic and possibly mutate to become a greater threat to humans.

Do You Have It?

If you’re reading this article and wondering if you have it – you probably don’t. Unless you feel a fever, headache, muscle ache, and exhibit a rash that resembles pimples and pus-filled blisters, then you should be fine. Rashes can develop all over the human body and may result in scarring. 

How Does It Spread?

Contrary to popular belief, monkeypox is not a sexually transmitted disease. Nor is it solely a concern for the LGBTQ+ community. According to the CDC, the risk of contracting monkeypox is through human-to-human contact. You can develop an infection through intimate contact, physical contact, the exchange of bodily fluids, and by touching items and surfaces shared with someone exhibiting symptoms.

What You Should Do

Living in NYC, it’s impractical trying to maintain personal space. Especially on the subways during rush hour. The extreme heat doesn’t help this situation either. However, using gloves on the subways or limiting your time spent sitting down in the train car may reduce your chances. 

In addition, washing your hands with soap and water frequently (as you know) will be helpful. Do you remember when fitting rooms were closed because of COVID? Perhaps getting back into the routine of not trying on clothes and washing the pieces you buy before wearing them out can help reduce your exposure.

It’s hot girl summer out here, and those who are sexually active should remain cautious about who they’re with. Some experts encourage taking a brief moment of sexual abstinence to give time to understand more about the virus.

We will keep you updated as we learn more about monkeypox. Never forget, we are #NewYorkStrong!

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