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Monkeypox: What is it?

It is no secret that most of us suffered from the pandemic, though we’ve been historically resilient as humans. The surge of these emerging illnesses seems to overwhelm us in the most unexpected ways. Before one pandemic is even entirely over we see the onset of another – Monkeypox.

Monkeypox is the latest disease to surface in the headlines. It originated in the Western part of Africa. Official agencies and healthcare facilities are already employing updated resources to stay ahead of the crisis.

The monkeypox virus typically infects rodents like rats or mice, as well as nonhuman primates like monkeys. However, it can happen to people.

Monkeypox causes a rash that may appear on or near the genitals and in other areas such as the hands, feet, chest, face, or mouth. Before healing, the rash will go through several stages, including scabs. The rash may first appear as pimples or blisters and may be painful or itchy.

Other symptoms of monkeypox include:

  • Fever

  • Chills

  • Lymph nodes swollen

  • Exhaustion

  • Backache and muscle aches

  • Headache

  • Symptoms of respiratory disease (e.g. sore throat, nasal congestion, or cough)

Its symptoms typically appear within three weeks of virus exposure. When someone has flu-like symptoms, they usually develop a rash within 1-4 days. It can be transmitted from when symptoms appear until the rash heals, all scabs fall off, and a new layer of skin forms. Typically, the illness lasts 2-4 weeks.

Once you have recovered from Monkeypox and new skin has grown over all of your sores or spots, you should thoroughly clean the places you have visited while you had symptoms, such as your home or office, as it can survive for up to 15 days on surfaces.

Just in case, how do you treat this disease?

The majority of monkeypox patients are treated to alleviate their symptoms. Care may include adequate fluid intake and pain control.

If you have monkeypox, isolate yourself at home in a room away from family and pets until the rash and scabs recover.

There is no recognized therapy for monkeypox. Some antiviral medications used to treat smallpox may be used to cure monkeypox. Care providers may also deliver vaccinia immune globulin, which contains antibodies from persons who have received the smallpox vaccination, to those who are unlikely to respond.

But at the end of the day, it all boils down to one key to maintaining your health - cleanliness. So while you are on travel, at work, or in any public place, pay attention to these details:

  • Wash your hands often

  • Avoid contact with waste liquid or body fluid

  • Avoid close contact with people who have a rash that looks like monkeypox

What products can I use to disinfect?

Many home disinfectants, including detergent solutions (soap and water) and bleach solutions for disinfection, are toxic to monkeypox viruses. A single product such as a wipe or solution is accessible at local supermarkets. Ensure that the area is cleansed and disinfected with a suitable quantity of wipes.

Household members can clean and disinfect their own houses. Still, they must use proper personal protective equipment (PPE), such as disposable gloves, eye protection such as goggles, and a surgical mask.

This can also happen in the workplace. When these places get compromised, getting experienced and professional facility cleaners is the best option.


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