Characteristics of Monkeypox and Covid-19 and How to Differentiate Them

With both Covid-19 spreading rapidly and Monkeypox cases being on the rise, confusing the two viruses is almost a given. It can be very nerve-wracking when you start to feel symptoms and don’t know which virus you could possibly have. Many health experts have expressed that the two viruses are incredibly different from one another regarding transmission and symptoms. Below are some of the key differences and characteristics of both the Monkeypox virus and Covid-19. 

Monkeypox is a rare disease that is mainly found in West and Central Africa. It has been found in the United States, Europe, and Australia as cases are rapidly growing. While the virus is spreading and attracting headlines, there is little to no threat that it will become a global pandemic like Covid-19. 

Some of the symptoms so of monkeypox include skin rashes or lesions that spread on the body and flu-like symptoms. 

However, some of the main important factors that strongly differentiate Mnkeypox from Covid-19 are that:

  • Monkeypox does not spread easily 
  • Infected people are easier to identify 
  • Outbreaks are easier to contain 
  • There are two vaccines that are effective against monkeypox. 

Another critical factor that sets it apart from Covid-19 is that it cannot be spread through the air. Unlike Covid-19, monkeypox isn’t contagious until the infected person becomes symptomatic, making it easier to isolate infected individuals and prevent its spread. 

According to the California Department of Public Health, the way that monkeypox spreads includes prolonged contact like:

  • Close physical skin-to-skin contact 
  • Large respiratory droplets spread by face-to-face interaction 
  • Touching contaminated material like bedding, towels, clothing, or other objects

Although monkeypox cases are on the rise, there is very little threat that it will become a pandemic.

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