What Education Workers Need to Know About Monkeypox
The monkeypox virus is not new. It’s not as infectious as COVID-19. There is a vaccine.
The sudden emergence of the monkeypox virus can be alarming after more than two years of living through the COVID-19 pandemic. But there are some important facts to keep in mind: The monkeypox virus is not a new virus and does not spread in the same way nor is it as infectious as COVID-19. Monkeypox is also called MPV, MPX or simply M-Pox.
Monkeypox is a rare disease, but nonetheless, it’s important for educators and support staff to know the basics about monkeypox symptoms, spread, and prevention. Find resources here prepared by the AFT, the California Department of Public Health, and the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has prepared this information for early education care settings, schools, and colleges.
info for schools and colleges
What you need to know even though the risk remains low
Schools and Early Education Programs
For settings serving children or adolescents
Teens and Young Adults Should Know
Symptoms, spread, and more info for young adults
Both the California Department of Health and the CDC have compiled resources about the monkeypox virus.
CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Monkeypox Resource Center
Find info about symptoms, treatment, and more, including:
- Disease data for California by region
- Isolation guidance for the general public
- Communications toolkit
CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL & PREVENTION
Landing page for monkeypox
Complete with pictures
To Do If You Are Sick
How to prevent spread to others
Isolation and Prevention Practices
When to isolate if you have monkeypox
Vaccination is an important tool in preventing monkeypox
Safer Sex, Social Gatherings, and Monkeypox
How to lower the risk of contracting monkeypox
From symptoms to treatment, vaccines, and prevention
U.S. and global maps track case counts
The AFT has prepared these resources for educators and healthcare workers.
Monkeypox: What You Need to Know
What is it, how it spreads, and how to protect yourself
What Healthcare Workers Need to Know to be Protected at
Healthcare workers are at potentially higher risk of exposure to monkeypox