As Northwestern is phasing out its COVID-19 requirements and resources, the University provided updates to its guidelines and resources for monkeypox infection on September 21.
Both viruses cause flu-like symptoms – cough, cold, fever and fatigue, among others. However, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox usually presents with a rash and is spread through skin-to-skin contact. According to the University, viral transmission is highly unlikely to occur while being in close proximity to someone with monkeypox.
In collaboration with the Northwestern Medicine Student Health Service, NU offers resources on a new website detailing the signs and symptoms of monkeypox as well as information on vaccination and treatment options.
The latest university-wide announcement in August said students who contract the virus are required to self-isolate off campus and are not permitted to participate in on-campus activities.
NU’s Gender and Sexuality Studies Program and the Sexualities Project co-hosted an LGBTQ+-focused monkeypox conversation Friday on prevention and care due to concern over an inadequate academic response.
The University also encourages individuals to consult online Howard Brown Health Resources — published in English and Spanish. The Chicago-based organization recommends transgender people and sexually active men who have sex with men get vaccinated.
Students interested in receiving vaccines, as well as people who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for monkeypox, should contact the health department, according to the email.
“People who contract the virus have Northwestern’s full support,” said Vice President of Operations Luke Figora. written in the email. “Faculty and staff who need to take sick leave should work with their medical providers and follow Northwestern’s existing processes.”
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