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Man recovering from monkeypox says virus is "way worse" than COVID

Aabha Gopan

A man who contracted monkeypox is now sharing his ordeal about how it is like to recover from the virus. He is still in isolation but feels that despite being affected by Covid twice, this is far worse.

Matt Ford, who was affected by monkeypox says that he is feeling better after noticing pimple-like marks. These marks later developed into monkeypox lesions. A few days later, he started experiencing flu-like symptoms which later subsided. More lesions kept on appearing as the days passed.

The worst part which Ford experienced was the pain. The pain was so severe that it had reached a point where he had to be prescribed narcotics just to be able to sleep. He had over twenty-five lesions that lasted for more than ten days. He is presently staying in isolation in Los Angeles.

The CDC reported 396 monkeypox cases in the United States on Thursday. 78 cases were reported in New York and 89 cases were reported in California. Matt tried getting medication for monkeypox but was unable to do so since the medication has received clearance for smallpox and not monkeypox. Many of his friends too were unable to find the medication. But the good news is that there is a vaccine for monkeypox.

Last week the appointments had started filling fast and Governor Kathy Hochul announced that more than 8000 doses were on the way.

Ford says that in case one suspects they have gotten exposed to the virus, they should confront it. Ford says 'You've done nothing wrong. Remember this is a temporary condition. You will be on the other side soon'. He has been advised to stay in isolation until the lesions subside and it can take as long as four weeks.

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