Families should stay away from loved ones if they contract monkeypox – under new social distancing rules

FAMILIES have been urged to stay away from loved ones if they have monkeypox, new guidance says.

As cases of the virus continue to rise, Brits are now required to keep a meter away from those infected.

Families have been urged to keep their distance if their loved ones contract monkeypox


Families have been urged to keep their distance if their loved ones contract monkeypoxPhoto credit: Getty

The latest data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) says there are 321 cases of the bug in the UK after a further 18 cases were discovered yesterday.

Experts have urged people to sleep in separate rooms and use separate bathrooms whenever possible.

If this is not possible, cases should avoid physical contact and keep at least three steps or one meter distance from all household members.

It is particularly important that infected people stay away from pregnant household members, small children and immunocompromised people.

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This is because anyone in the above groups could be at serious risk of disease.

Other guidelines state that you should separate laundry from other households and avoid close contact with pets.

Anyone can get monkeypox—especially if you’ve had close contact, including sexual contact, with a person with symptoms.

Before remixing after infection, cases must:

  • Check if they haven’t had a high temperature for 72 hours
  • Make sure all lesions are crusted
  • Scabs on arms, face and hands have fallen off and a fresh layer of skin has formed
  • Make sure no new lesions have formed within 48 hours
  • check for lesions in the mouth.

There are currently 305 confirmed cases in England, 11 in Scotland, 2 in Northern Ireland and 3 in Wales.

People who are gay or bisexual and men who have sex with men continue to be disproportionately affected.

You should also be tested to see if you have been in close contact, including sexual contact, with anyone who has or may have monkeypox (even if they have not been tested) in the past 3 weeks.

The same applies if you have been to West or Central Africa in the last three weeks.

Doctors have urged people to visit a sexual health clinic if they have a rash or blisters.

You need to know the signs of monkeypox

Experts at Britain’s Health Safety Agency have said all Britons should be on the lookout for important signs and symptoms.

Signs can include:

  1. Fever
  2. headache
  3. Muscle cramp
  4. back pain
  5. chills
  6. exhaustion
  7. night sweats
  8. Cold symptoms such as stuffy and runny nose
  9. Swollen lymph nodes
  10. Swollen groin
  11. rash

Medical professionals said complications of the disease were documented as:

  • Bad mood
  • strong pain
  • conjunctivitis

dr Susan Hopkins, UKHSA’s Chief Medical Advisor, said: “Self-isolation is an important measure to protect others from monkeypox.

“Staying at home and doing everything possible to avoid close contact with other people in the household will prevent the spread of this virus.

“We know self-isolation isn’t easy for some, so it’s important that people ask for support when they need it.”

Earlier this week, it was announced that doctors are now required to notify local authorities and public health authorities when cases are discovered.

This means that monkeypox is designated as a notifiable disease under the Health Protection (Notification) Regulations 2010.

Other diseases also covered by this legislation are Covid-19, the plague, acute meningitis, measles and smallpox.

Laboratories are also required to notify the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) if a case is detected in samples.

If monkeypox is suspected, medical professionals must inform the responsible authorities within three days or, in urgent cases, within 24 hours. Families should stay away from loved ones if they contract monkeypox – under new social distancing rules

Sarah Y. Kim

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