The world is still experiencing and actively fighting against the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s scary to think that we are now experiencing another epidemic. Not only is it unfortunate that people all over are suffering, but it’s also very scary to know that this is happening again and there hasn’t even been a peak that has been reached yet. Monkeypox is concerning and alarming, especially since there are so many myths about it being spread. It can also be nerve-wracking due to the government’s lack of urgency to shut down so we can stop the spread. With that being said, just like COVID-19, it’s up to you to do your part to stay safe and protected and to stop the spread. Here’s how you can go about combating this illness that’s trying to knock you down.

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What Is The Monkeypox Epidemic?

So what is monkeypox? Well, monkeypox is a rare disease that is caused by the monkeypox virus. It leads to rash and flu-like symptoms and is similar to the smallpox virus due to them both being a member of the orthopoxvirus.

It was first discovered in 1958 when a pox like disease was discovered in groups of monkeys being used for research, hence the name. There are two different types of (versions) of the monkeypox virus.

The first one is the more severe case that originated in Central Africa.

The second one is the less severe case that originated in West Africa. The current outbreak that the world is facing now, is from the version that originated in West Africa. So though it’s the less severe version, it’s still bound to cause an immense amount of worry among people. 

Who Does It Affect The Most And How Does It Look?

Let’s start off by debunking a big myth that has been spread about this virus. This virus is not only a “gay” disease. Anyone can become infected by this virus.

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Is there a possibility that a certain demographic is being affected by it more? Absolutely, but that does not mean that only that demographic can and will be affected by it. Why not? Because monkeypox can spread in a few ways.

The first way is through touch. If you come in contact with the scabs, respiratory droplets, sores or oral fluids of someone who has monkeypox, then it’s likely to spread to you. This can be by touching someone, kissing, cuddling, or even having sex with someone who is infected by monkeypox.

Once you are exposed to monkeypox, it can take anywhere from a few days to a few weeks to