Because the Monkeypox virus is not like Covid-19

The virus can also be spread by touching or sharing infected objects such as clothing and bedding, or by respiratory droplets produced by sneezing or coughing. According to the WHO

It might seem oddly familiar because in the early days of the pandemic many experts said the coronavirus also had little human-to-human transmission beyond respiratory droplets and contaminated surfaces. Subsequent research has shown that the coronavirus can spread through much smaller particles called aerosols with the ability to travel distances. greater than six feet. But that doesn’t mean the same will be true for the monkeypox virus, said Luis Sigal, a poxvirus expert at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. Coronavirus is a tiny single-stranded RNA virus, which may have helped its ability to airborne. The monkeypox virus, however, is made up of double-stranded DNA, which means the virus itself is much larger and heavier and cannot travel that far, said Dr. Signal said.

Other ways of transmission of monkeypox include from mother to fetus through the placenta or during close contact during and after birth.

Most cases this year have occurred in young men, many of whom have self-identified as men having sex with men, although experts are cautious in suggesting that monkeypox transmission can occur through sperm. or other body fluids exchanged during sex. with infected lesions during sex may be a more plausible route. “This is not a gay disease, as some people on social media have attempted to label it,” said Dr. Andy Seale, a consultant to the WHO program for HIV, hepatitis and sexually transmitted diseases, said during Monday’s question and answer session. “Anyone can contract monkeypox through close contact.”

Monkeypox is part of the same virus family as smallpox, but is typically a much milder condition, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. On average, symptoms appear within 6-13 days of exposure, but they can take up to three weeks. People who get sick commonly experience fever, headache, muscle and back pain, swollen lymph nodes, and general exhaustion.

About a day or three after having a fever, most people also develop a painful rash characteristic of poxviruses. It begins with flat red marks that rise and fill with pus over the course of the next five to seven days. The rash can start on the patient’s face, hands, feet, inside of the mouth or genitals and progress to the rest of the body. (Although chickenpox causes a similar-looking rash, it is not a true poxvirus, but is caused by the unrelated varicella-zoster virus.)

Once an individual’s pustules cover up, inside two to four weeks“They are no longer contagious,” said Angela Rasmussen, a virologist at the University of Saskatchewan Organization for Vaccines and Infectious Diseases in Canada.