Will Monkeypox Be The Next Pandemic? is the billion-dollar question to foretell where we go next after Covid 2-year crisis. Monkeypox is grabbing all the eyeballs in the world. Some people believe it to be the next pandemic. Countries are keeping an eye on its progress and taking measured steps to curb its spread while feeling anxiety and concerns.

Why wouldn’t it? We have just recovered from a deadly pandemic. A second pandemic is the last thing on earth we want to face right now. But is Monkeypox really something to worry about? Or is it just fear-mongering? 

Maybe the governments are only taking cautious steps and staying careful. We are yet to know what the future holds for us. Now, let us evaluate facts to understand the disease. Here is what you need to know about Monkeypox.

What is Monkeypox? 

Monkeypox is a rare disease caused by a virus related to the one that causes Smallpox. The Monkeypox virus lives in certain animals including monkeys, bush-meat (wild animals like antelopes, porcupines, rodents, and other small animals). Through the animals, it spreads to humans as well. The virus often spreads through contact with the blood or other body fluids of infected animals. It can be passed from one human to another human through air or touch. 

It’s found mostly in West Africa, Central Africa, and parts of East Africa. Monkeypox has been seen in Asia, South America, Haiti, and the United States. 

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The Monkeypox Virus

How Monkeypox Spreads in Humans?

Monkeypox can spread in the same ways as other poxvirus infections. You may get it if you come in contact with: 

  • Wounds of infected animals or humans that aren’t properly covered. 
  • If you use items like clothing and bedding of the infected person or animal. 
  • The air near where an infected animal has died or through droplets in the air after infected people cough or sneeze 
  • Blood and body fluids of infected people or animals

Human-to-human transmission of Monkeypox isn’t common but might happen if you come in contact with an infected person’s blood or body fluids. In some cases, close contact with a monkey may cause Monkeypox in humans. 

How does Monkeypox Affect Human Health? 

Most people who come in contact with the virus won’t get sick. But some people may get a fever, headache, muscle aches, backache, and exhaustion. They may also have a rash that’s made up of tiny raised bumps filled with fluid and often starts on the face and spreads through the other parts of the body. 

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What is the Treatment for Monkeypox? 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports that Monkeypox can be fatal in rare cases. As of now, there’s no treatment available for the virus. It can go away on its own. Its symptoms usually fade away without treatment in 3 to 4 weeks. There is no vaccine for Monkeypox either. It can be treated using the same medicines for smallpox. 

How Can We Prevent The Spread of Monkeypox? 

Monkeypox is a rare viral illness spread through contact with infected animals and people. People need to seek medical care promptly if they develop symptoms of Monkeypox. The infection usually progresses for about a week and then stops spontaneously. However, some people have a prolonged illness lasting several weeks. 

In some cases, the infection causes rashes on the palms and soles. In special cases, it may lead to internal organ damage or even death. The virus can spread through the air or surface that has been contaminated with the Monkeypox bacteria. It is important to protect yourself from getting this germ. Try doing these things to stay away from the infection and to prevent the spread. 

  • Maintain social distance, wear a mask in public and focus on personal hygiene 
  • Avoid close contact with anyone who has active symptoms of Monkeypox
  • You are not likely to catch Monkeypox unless you live in a family with an infected person or have recently been in direct contact with someone who has Monkeypox
  • Rinse your hands using soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds
  • Keep your child at home. Don’t let him visit the school if they have any symptoms of Monkeypox 
  • If you think you have Monkeypox, please contact your doctor or go to the hospital for a checkup
  • If there is a patient in your house then keep him isolated
  • Disinfect all areas touched by sick people with a diluted bleach solution (1/4 cup of household bleach per 1 gallon of water)

Current Status of Monkeypox Cases in the World

Till now, 31,799 total Monkeypox cases have been reported officially. Among which, 31,242 were reported in new locations that had never diagnosed Monkeypox in the past. These locations had never experienced the symptoms of this virus. Whereas 375 locations also found the virus symptoms but they had already seen the virus patients before as well. WHO has announced it is a health emergency. The organization is guiding countries and warning them to take safety measures. 

The world is getting concerned about the virus because we have just recovered from a deadly pandemic. Coronavirus not only took precious lives away but damaged economic, human health, and wellness on a planetary scale. No one wants to go back to the recent times when they have to care about a virus more than anything else in their lives. 

However, we are yet to see its outcomes. Nothing is certain but we have to be cautious to avoid the outbreak. 

Monkeypox Symptoms

Monkeypox Symptoms

Will Monkeypox be the Next Pandemic? 

Monkeypox is not as contagious as Coronavirus. It does spread through the air but not as much as Coronavirus. You are less likely to get Monkeypox even if you stay around the infected person and don’t touch them at all.  Only people staying in patients’ houses and around them are vulnerable to the virus. It is not as deadly as Coronavirus as well. No country ever said they are reporting deaths because of it.  Monkeypox is endemic in Africa and other connected countries. That means we have the cure as well. The human species have dealt with the virus before. It’s not new such as the case of Covid in 2019. 

However, it can be a pandemic if it starts doing mutations. New changes in the virus may make it strong, deadly, and contagious. Let us see what the future holds. Till then, take enough precautions to prevent the spread. After all, prevention is better than cure. 

Authored by Aashna Chawla

Edited by Yara Fakhoury

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