As Northwestern phases out its COVID-19 requirements and resources, the University provided updates to its guidelines and resources for monkeypox infection on Sept. 21.
Both viruses cause similar, flu-like symptoms — cough, cold, fever and fatigue, among others. However, unlike COVID-19, monkeypox typically presents with a rash and spreads through skin-to-skin contact. According to the University, it is highly unlikely that viral transmission would occur by being in close proximity to someone who has monkeypox.
In collaboration with Northwestern Medicine Student Health Service, NU is offering resources on a new website detailing the signs and symptoms of monkeypox as well as information about vaccination and treatment options.
The last Universitywide announcement in August stated that students who contract the virus are required to isolate off campus and are not permitted to partake in on-campus activities.
The Gender & Sexuality Studies Program and the Sexualities Project at NU co-hosted an LGBTQ+-focused monkeypox conversation Friday about prevention and care due to concern of inadequate University response.
The University also encourages individuals to view Howard Brown Health’s online resources — published in both English and Spanish. The Chicago-based organization recommends transgender people and sexually active men who have sex with other men to seek vaccination.
Students interested in receiving vaccinations, as well as individuals who have been in close contact with someone who tested positive for monkeypox, should contact the Health Service, according to the email.
“Individuals who contract the virus have Northwestern’s full support,” Vice President for Operations Luke Figora wrote in the email. “Faculty and staff who need to take medical leave should work with their medical providers and follow existing Northwestern processes.”
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