• A helpful comparison: Although monkeypox and chickenpox are caused by different viruses, they both result in temporary skin rashes that typically get better and clear up on their own. Most individuals who are infected with monkeypox will recover within a few weeks, without the need for treatment. 
  • Monkeypox is spread by close contact and exposure to an infected person's rash, skin lesions, respiratory secretions (during prolonged, face-to-face contact or during intimate physical contact, such as kissing, cuddling or sex), other bodily fluids or material (clothes/bedding) contaminated with the virus. Close personal contact, sexual or not, could cause a person to become infected.
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  • As the United States and the world transition from a COVID-19 pandemic to an endemic, the university will continue to treat the virus as a manageable illness.
  • Students who test positive and live on campus will have the option to shelter-in-place in their dorm or, if they live within driving distance, will need to travel home by private/personal car. Those who shelter-in-place in their dorm will have to wear a mask and exercise COVID-19 precautions.
  • The university will continue to require students to shelter-in-place for five days after testing positive or experiencing COVID-19 symptoms. If students have decreasing symptoms after five days, they can be “released” from shelter-in-place but must continue to wear a mask for the next five days.
  • The university does not require a negative test to return to class or to flight, as it is possible to test positive for COVID-19 for 90 days from the initial positive and not be considered infectious. Individuals will be required to be free of fever and cough for 24 hours after the shelter-in-place duration of five days.
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