Experts have stated that there are significant differences between monkeypox and the coronavirus,
Dr. Rosamund Lewis, Head of the Smallpox Secretariat at the World Health Organization (WHO), said the two viruses are not the same.
“Covid-19 and monkeypox are not the same disease. Monkeypox is caused by a different virus and spreads in a different way. It spreads through close physical contact,” she said in a public Q&A session this week.
The virus spreads less easily than Covid-19, which is mainly transmitted between people who are in close contact with each other.
The WHO said that the coronavirus spreads in small liquid particles from the mouth or nose of an infected person transmitted when you cough, sneeze, speak, sing or breathe. These particles range from larger respiratory droplets to smaller aerosols.
WHO infectious disease epidemiologist Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove said that transmission of monkeypox is “through close physical contact, skin-to-skin contact. It’s very different from Covid-19 in that sense.” Lewis said the mutation rate in monkeypox was also “much lower” than RNA viruses like Covid-19. This makes it a more “stable” virus than Covid-19.
Another key difference is that experts have known about monkeypox and how to treat it for several decades, making it less unknown than the coronavirus.
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The virus is also less likely to cause serious illness and is rarely fatal.
While both monkeypox and Covid-19 headaches, Fever, chills and fatigue, monkeypox symptoms include rash and lymphadenopathy.
“Monkeypox is usually a self-limiting disease and most cases recover within a few weeks without treatment,” said the National Institute for Communicable Diseases Diseases.< /span>
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