A hilarious travel alert was issued by the CDC in response to the spread of Monkeypox in over 20 countries.
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When it comes to traveling during the current monkeypox outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has just released some ground-breaking information. The CDC has raised its travel advisory from Level 1 to Level 2 due to the outbreak, which has already resulted in over 200 confirmed and suspected cases in over 20 countries.
The second level is “Alert,” which corresponds to “Practice Enhanced Precautions.” The first level was “Watch,” which basically meant “Practice Usual Precautions.”
When it comes to monkeypox travel advisories, the CDC has three different levels. The highest level is Level 3, which relates to “Avoid Nonessential Travel” and is the “Warning” level.
The bigger the number, like golf scores or the number of times a marmot hits you in the groin with a golf club, the worse things are. While the name of the level implies that it restricts where you can travel, it does mean that you should be aware of the need to take “enhanced precautions.”
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What exactly are these “enhanced precautions”? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has a list of things that travelers should avoid. “Close contact with sick people, including those with skin or genital lesions,” is one of them.
So, if you have a habit of touching other people’s lesions when traveling, you should cease doing so. Of course, even if you aren’t traveling and there isn’t a monkeypox outbreak, this is definitely something you should avoid doing at all times.
According to the CDC, “contact with dead or live wild animals such as small mammals including rodents (rats, squirrels) and non-human primates (monkeys, apes)” should be avoided while traveling. This likely refers to actual contact with such creatures and excludes texting or messaging with them via apps like WhatsApp, unless the messages are distressing.
This warning is issued because such animals may be carriers of the monkeypox virus. Even if there isn’t a monkeypox outbreak and you aren’t going, it’s a good idea to take these precautions. There will never be a time when the CDC says, “OK, go back to your rodent raves now.”
According to the CDC website, the third thing to avoid is “eating or preparing wild game meat (bushmeat) or using products derived from wild animals from Africa (creams, lotions, powders).”
This means that eating bushmeat burgers and wild game ganache, as well as slathering oneself in chimp cream, leopard lotion, or pangolin powder, are not recommended. These are things to avoid in general, not just during a travel alert like this.
Avoid “contact with contaminated materials used by sick people (such as clothing, bedding, or materials used in healthcare settings) or that came into contact with infected animals,” according to the CDC. This means you shouldn’t say things like, “Hey, you with the multiple fluid-filled lesions all over your face and body, could I borrow the pillowcase that you are using right now?” This is because people afflicted with the monkeypox virus can contaminate objects, which can then infect you if you handle them.
Before you panic and raise your arms above your head, remember that the CDC warns that the “risk to the general public is low.” The Covid-19 coronavirus is not the monkeypox virus. It’s not nearly as contagious as it.
Although large respiratory droplets coughed or sneezed out by an infecting person can infect you, it is unlikely to be aerosolized and transmitted further by small respiratory droplets like the severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 does (SARS-CoV-2). To transmit the virus, close contact is usually required.
Of However, this does not rule out the possibility that you have been exposed to the monkeypox virus. “Seek medical care immediately if you develop a new, unexplained skin rash (lesions on any part of the body), with or without fever and chills, and avoid contact with others,” the CDC advises.
Another piece of advice that should be followed at all times is this. “How are you doing today?” should never be answered, “fine, except for all these unexplained skin rashes which I am ignoring.” “If possible, call ahead before going to a healthcare facility,” the CDC advises. If you are unable to phone ahead, inform a staff member of your concern for monkeypox as soon as you arrive.”
People in the healthcare institution, such as those in the waiting area, will be annoyed if you do not inform them that you may have monkeypox. That is usually a crucial piece of information to provide with everybody you come into contact with as soon as possible. Consider what would happen if your date told you halfway through dinner, just before dessert, that he or she might have monkeypox.
Tell your doctor about any monkeypox risk factors you may have, such as having been in close contact with someone who has the virus, especially if you’ve had intercourse with that person. Regardless of whether you intended to call him or her again, sex is considered close contact. Being in an area where monkeypox has been recorded is another risk factor.
Monkeypox cases have become more common in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, Nigeria, the Central African Republic, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Liberia, Sierra Leone, and Sudan throughout the years.
According to the CDC travel advisory, confirmed cases of monkeypox have been reported in the following 20 countries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Scotland, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, and United States as of May 26. However, unless public health officials are able to manage the spread, this list may rise.
Watch the video below reporting the confirmation of monkeypox in South America:
Oh, and if you think you might have monkeypox, please avoid taking public transit until you’ve been inspected by a real healthcare practitioner or a public health officer and given the green light.
Although the current CDC Level 2 travel recommendation does not mean you should cancel all plans to prevent contracting monkeypox, you should avoid traveling if you are sick with anything contagious. After all, monkeypoxing on the bus, train, or plane isn’t exactly cool.