No more handshakes and hugs from me for a while again. We had the spread of Covid which put these masks on us and made us more aware of physical touching. But now, we aren't in the clear because monkeypox is spreading like wildfire, at least in the Tri-State. According to NBC 10, there are at least 237 monkeypox cases that have been reported between New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Delaware Currently, Philly has 82 cases of monkeypox. By the way, this virus has been declared a global emergency last weekend by the World Health Organization because of quickly is has spread in many countries. In Junes, cases have been confirmed in the Tri-State. As of Monday, New Jersey reported 155 cases with 5 reported in Delaware. There is a vaccine available in Philly to eligible patients, health officials said, however, there is also a vaccine shortage. But here are some locations that have the vaccine to those who make an appointment.
- Mazzoni Center
- Presbyterian Hospital
- Drexel Partnership
And if you are not familiar with how the virus is spread, according to the CDC, Monkeypox is spread by person-to-person contact. Within one to three days of developing a fever, an infected person then "develops a rash, often beginning on the face then spreading to other parts of the body." The infection usually lasts two to four weeks.