Here is Everything You Need to Know About Monkeypox


here is everything you need to know about monkeypox

The new viral outbreak, Monkeypox, is now on the prowl worldwide and has been declared a global health emergency by WHO. While the nation is still battling the covid-19, people are now scared of this viral disease spreading rapidly as coronavirus. It is caused by the monkeypox virus, a member of the Orthopoxvirus genus family. Although it is a self-limited disease with symptoms lasting from 2-4 weeks, severe cases may occur. As per WHO, the fatality ratio has been recorded at around 3-6%.

The virus is transmitted from one person to another by coming in contact with body fluids of an already infected person, lesions, respiratory fluids and contaminated surfaces such as beds and couches. Children are more prone to getting infected by this disease due to weak immune system.

However, in the wake of the first few cases of monkeypox reported in India, it is essential to find out whether your health insurance plan covers monkeypox. 

Learn more about monkeypox in this article.

Monkeypox Symptoms

According to the doctors, the symptoms of monkeypox are not as harsh as smallpox. Below mentioned are a few of the most common symptoms that one may experience if infected:

  • Pain in muscles and joints
  • Swelling in lymph nodes
  • Backache
  • Fever
  • Rashes all around the body that look like pimples or blisters
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Discomfort and fatigue

Helpful Tips to Prevent Monkeypox

We have listed down a few helpful tips that help you stay safe from monkeypox. Read below:

  • Don’t get in close contact with anyone who has a monkeypox-like rash or blister. 
  • Do not touch the rash of a person infected with monkeypox.  
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based sanitiser to clean your hands.  
  • Avoid sharing food or drink from glasses used by people with monkeypox. 
  • Eat only properly cooked meats.   
  • Avoid touching someone infected with monkeypox's bedding, clothing, and towels.  
  • Avoid contact with wild monkeys, rodents, and sick or dead animals.

Does Your Health Insurance Cover Monkeypox?

Monkeypox was first found in tropical rainforest regions of the west and central Africa. The first viral outbreak was in the United Kingdom in May 2022, and within two months, the first case came to India. More than 16,000 cases of monkeypox have been detected across almost 75 countries as of 24 July 2022. Many countries have declared the viral disease an endemic as well.

WHO declared a global health emergency on 23rd July 2022, looking at the multiplying number of cases worldwide. In such a catastrophe after covid-19, people are concerned about being covered under their health insurance policy. 

Let’s find out

Since all infectious diseases are covered under health insurance, it is advised to consult with your insurer if they are providing Monkeypox treatment coverage.

In a Nutshell

With every passing day, the cases of monkeypox are increasing, and so is the fear of a pandemic. Despite the fact that it is less contagious than smallpox, it may have severe complications among children and adults. It is a wake-up call for all those who haven’t protected themselves with a comprehensive health insurance plan. Care Health Insurance offers comprehensive health insurance plans that ensure your protection in such bleak times. We hold the stellar record of 95.2% Claim Settlement Ratio and 21,100+ Cashless Healthcare Providers pan India. Buy yourself health insurance today and stay financially protected for years.

Disclaimer: The above-mentioned information is for reference purposes only: Policy assurance and Claims are at the underwriter's discretion.


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