Monkeypox: What You Can Do to Stay Safe
The rapid rise of monkeypox cases throughout the world in a context of inadequate monitoring and prevention led to
WHN’s declaration of the monkeypox global outbreak as a Public Health Emergency, followed by the World Health
Organization, multiple US states, and the White House.
Who can get infected?
Monkeypox can infect anyone. Monkeypox is very environmentally stable, and can persist in the air and on surfaces
for days or weeks. It can be transmitted via aerosols and droplets, via contaminated surfaces and objects, close
physical contact, including sexual intercourse, and contact with the monkeypox rash.
How can I protect myself and others?
1. Know the symptoms: Early symptoms may include fever, general weakness, swollen lymph nodes, headache. A few days later a rash develops which can appear on the face, inside the mouth, trunk extremities, palms, soles, genitals, anus.
2. Avoid physical contact, especially but not exclusively with the rash on others (or even your own).
3. Avoid contact with contaminated clothing, bedding, towels or objects/surfaces.4. Wear a high-quality, high-filtration mask (N95, FFP2 or better) when in proximity with others who may be infected,
and when in public spaces.
5. Avoid crowded spaces. Don’t share food and drinks, utensils. Don’t touch surfaces that may be contaminated. Disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with 70% alcohol or a 1:200 (1 tbsp bleach / gallon water = 15ml bleach / 4 liters of water) bleach solution. (Note: Soap and water are NOT effective disinfectants against monkeypox.)
If infected or if you suspect an infection:
Stay at home and isolate. Seek testing immediately. If infected, let your close contacts know. Get medical advice.
Remain in isolation until all scabs have fallen off and new skin has formed.
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