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Monkeypox: What does it mean for business owners?

Monkeypox: What does it mean for business owners?
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Monkeypox: What does it mean for business owners?
Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space by Siobhan Stirling - Sharp Minds Communications for Capital Space
Owner/Director - Sharp Minds Communications Ltd

With the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic still very much affecting our lives today, a new public health challenge is potentially on the rise. Monkeypox is moving through parts of the world and despite the disease carrying less risk than Covid-19, business owners should be ready to combat infections within their workforce.

What is Monkeypox?

Monkeypox shares traits with smallpox including similar symptoms like fever, aching muscles and a rash that blisters. Originally designed for smallpox, the Jynneos vaccine can reduce infection risk and dampen the symptoms if administered within fourteen days.  

Transmission risk is small in the workplace

Monkeypox is most commonly passed from person to person via direct skin contact. At the moment, nearly all cases have been found in men who have intercourse with men. However, it can be transmitted through non-sexual skin contact and through close contact with a positive case.

As with Covid-19, employers can take steps to reduce transmission by encouraging hand-washing, providing sanitiser and regularly deep cleaning.

Prepare and know the details

Employers should have a Monkeypox policy in place as soon as possible to prepare for a positive case within their workplace. The policy should ensure the safety of employees and support the business.

Currently in the United States, workers who have come into contact with a positive case can come to work but should monitor temperature and symptoms closely. In the UK, advice is constantly evolving so it is recommended to keep on top of the latest guidance .

Knowledge will grow rapidly

With few human-to-human transmissions since the disease was first discovered, there is still a lot we don’t know about Monkeypox.  Knowledge of the best way to slow the spread and treat those who have it will likely evolve in the coming months. As with Covid-19, mutations can occur and change the effectiveness of the disease.

Although monkeypox is likely to be less contagious and less harmful than Covid-19, it still has the potential to affect businesses. Therefore, employers should be well prepared to play their part by staying on top of government recommendations and guidelines. This will alleviate some of the concerns by employees and help keep their business on track throughout any disruption.  

Keep on top of the changing guidance from the Government and from the World Health Organization to safeguard your business and employees.

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