On heels of coronavirus pandemic, universities preparing for monkeypox – WRAL News

As the Biden administration declares monkeypox a public health emergency, Triangle colleges and universities are looking at safety protocols.

EVENING. WE SCARY SITUATION ACTUALLY ASKED. >> IT REALLY WAS. MARK, THANK YOU. NEW TONIGHT, LOCAL COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES. TAKE A LOOK AT SAFETY PROTOCOLS AS MONKEYPOX GAINED STEAM ACROSS THE COUNTRY TODAY THE BIDEN ADMINISTRATION DECLARED THE OUTBREAK A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY AND NORTH CAROLINA SAW ITS LARGEST SINGLE-DAY JUMP IN CASES BRINGING US TO 86 WRAL’S. AARON THOMAS JOINS US LIVE ON NC STATE’S CAMPUS TO FIND OUT HOW OUR LOCAL UNIVERSITIES ARE PREPARING. AARON. >> WHEELING IN JUST A MATTER OF WEEKS, STUDENTS WILL BE BACK HERE ON CAMPUS AT NC STATE. WE’RE TALKING AUGUST 22ND. THAT’S THE FIRST DAY OF LEADERS HERE SAY THEY ARE PREPARED TO PROVIDING MONKEYPOX VACCINE AND TESTING IF AND WHEN IT BECOMES AVAILABLE. NOW WITH WHAT WE KNOW WITH HOW THIS VIRUS IS SPREAD, MEDICAL EXPERTS SAY THEY’RE NOT TOO WORRIED ABOUT OUTBREAKS ON CAMPUSES JUST YET. >> COLLEGE CAMPUSES SIT QUIET THESE DAYS. ONLY A FEW GRADUATE STUDENTS LIKE A BIG AND WALK THE NEAR EMPTY GROUNDS AT NC STATE LIKE THERE’S NO NO REST FOR THE WEARY OR JUST. >> WE’RE ALL OUT HERE TRYING TO LIKE, YOU KNOW, GET AN EDUCATION, JUST TRY TO BE NORMAL. PURSUING STUDIES DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC FAR FROM NORMAL. >> AVOIDING MONKEYPOX, AN ADDED CONCERN CONTROLLING A WHOLE GROUP OF COLLEGE KIDS, NOT NECESSARILY 30,000 KIDS. IT’S NOT EASY. THE MOST COMMON MEANS OF SPREAD ACCORDING TO CDC IS WHERE PEOPLE COME IN CONTACT WITH THE RASH, SCABS OR BODILY FLUIDS OF MONKEYPOX. I ASKED DOCTOR DAVID WEBER, PROFESSOR FROM UNC SCHOOL OF MEDICINE ABOUT THE SAFETY OF STUDENTS RETURNING TO CAMPUS. THE ANSWERS TO SHOULD BE SOME CONCERN, BUT IT SHOULD PUT IN PERSPECTIVE OF A MILD SELF LIMITED DISEASE. SO I DON’T THINK THIS IS GOING TO >> BE A SERIOUS THREAT. EVEN FOR COLLEGE STUDENTS AND CLEARLY NOT A THREAT FOR KINDERGARTEN THROUGH 12TH GRADE STUDENTS. DOCTOR RACHEL ROPER FROM THE BRODY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND ECU SHARES THE RISK INVOLVED LIVING IN TIGHT QUARTERS LIKE RESIDENTS HALLS SO THAT AND GROUP HOUSING INCREASES THE CHANCES TO WRITE HIM. A BUNCH OF PEOPLE LIVING IN THE SAME. >> BUILDING IT’S MUCH MORE LIKELY TO SPREAD A DISEASE. THERE. >> BUT GENERALLY MONKEYPOX, ISN’T THAT MUCH OF A CONCERN FOR THE GENERAL POPULATION SOON AS LIKE A BEACON DOLLAR HOPE COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES LEARNED THEIR LESSON FROM COVID OUTBREAKS. SHOULD ANOTHER OUTBREAK HAPPENED? >> YOU KNOW, HOPEFULLY DOESN’T. BUT IT DOES. I THINK THEY ARE WELL PREPARED AND THEY’RE GOING TO DO CONSISTENTLY THE RIGHT THING. >> AND AFTER REACHING OUT TO OTHER AREA UNIVERSITIES, UNC CHAPEL HILL SAYS THAT CAMPUS HEALTH IS PREPARED TO IDENTIFY SYMPTOMS AND TEST INDICATED. THEN WE GO OUT NEAR THE COAST. UNC WILMINGTON SAYS THAT ITS STUDENT HEALTH CENTER IS ALSO MONITORING MONKEYPOX, PROVIDING

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