NEW YORK – As students return to colleges and universities, there are fears that monkeypox could spread due to communal living conditions. Several cases have already been reported at American universities.
In New York, Columbia University says it is working closely with health officials to monitor the monkeypox outbreak. NYU also says it “adjusts our response, recommendations, and resources as needed.” Other colleges in the area are also planning for possible cases.
Monkeypox can be spread through close, skin-to-skin contact with someone who has a monkeypox rash or scabs. This can include cuddling, cuddling, massage, or close contact sports.
It can also include contact with spit droplets during close conversation and kissing. It can also be spread through sexual contact, including touching the genitals and oral, anal, or vaginal sex.
Monkeypox can also be spread through contact with objects and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox, including clothing, bedding, or towels.
Monkeypox in New York: Are schools a problem?
The CDC has released a list of recommendations for sexually active college students in an effort to stem the spread of monkeypox.
Suggestions include limiting the number of sexual partners, having virtual contactless sex in person, masturbating together from a distance, and even having sex with clothes on.
The CDC also says wearing leather or latex gear is a barrier to skin-to-skin contact, but cautions to remove it between partners and after use.
Symptoms of Monkey Pox
Monkeypox is a rare disease, according to the CDC. He released the following information for students:
– If you get monkeypox, you may have fever, chills, muscle aches, headaches or fatigue, and then get a rash.
- Sometimes you may have a rash first, followed by other symptoms.
- You might only have a rash without having the other symptoms. The rash may look like pimples or blisters.
- The rash is usually located on your face, inside your mouth, and on other parts of your body like your hands, chest, and genitals.
-Although you should get better in 2-4 weeks, you should see a health care provider as soon as you have symptoms that could be from monkeypox.
– If you have a weakened immune system (due to HIV, cancer, organ transplant or other reasons), if you are pregnant or if you have other skin problems such as eczema, you can become more seriously ill from monkeypox.