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This is serious monkey business. The World Health Organization (WHO) declares monkeypox a global public health emergency, and not just for the LGBTQ+ community. The monkeypox is detrimental to us all. Head inside to check out some preventative tips to keep you safe.

The number of confirmed cases of the monkeypox, a virus related to smallpox generally limited to Africa, is growing in Europe and North America. The recent outbreak prompted the WHO to declare a global health emergency on Saturday (July 23).

Monkeypox is said to be less deadly than smallpox, lasting for two to four weeks. Symptoms can appear anywhere from five to 21 days after the infection.

Health professionals across the world stress that the risk to the general population is far lower than what we have faced with coronavirus. However, they warn citizens that it is important to know how monkeypox spreads and what you may do to protect yourself from infection.

One of the common misconceptions most people are sharing online is that monkeypox is spread solely as a sexually transmitted infection (STI), which is far from the truth. The discourse has caused many people to assume that the infection is spreading amongst the LGBTQ+ communities, which is also false.

Monkeypox can be spread through skin to skin contact, but it’s not the only way to come in contact with the infection.

It seems that the world is lost when it comes to impending diseases and infections affecting the general population. Society can’t be defined by its ignorance. Instead, let’s educate ourselves to continue to remain safe.

Check out these tips to stay safe and protected against monkeypox (for all people, not just the queer community):

How monkeypox spreads:

Here’s what to look out for:

Obviously, we are not the CDC or WHO. Please visit their websites for updated information.

Monkeypox Isn’t A Gay Issue, It Is A Global Public Health Emergency: Check Out Tips To Stay Safe  was originally published on globalgrind.com