A California man contracted COVID-19 and monkeypox at the same time – a double dose of misery that left him flat for weeks.
Micho Thompson, of Sebastopol, told NBC Bay Area that he initially tested positive for the coronavirus in late June. He felt the virus, but then started noticing small red lesions all over his back, legs, arms, and neck.
“The doctor was very certain that I had monkeypox and that I had both,” Thompson told the station in a special report. “Because that’s the question. Can I have it at the same time?” And he said, “Yes, yes, yes.”
Thompson said the twin viruses left him feeling like he had the flu. He also had a fever, difficulty breathing, chills, body aches and skin lesions.
“Really sick,” Thompson recalls. “And the worst of it honestly was that I could barely get out of bed, and you could barely get a drink of water.”
An infectious disease specialist at Stanford University confirmed that it is possible for a person to be infected with both viruses at the same time.
“It’s certainly not impossible for that to happen,” Dr. Dean Winslow told the station. “It’s just incredibly bad luck. They are two very different viruses.”
More than 2,400 cases of monkeypox have been reported across the country as part of an international outbreak that began two months ago. The virus is spread primarily through skin-to-skin contact, but it can also be transmitted through linens used by an infected person.
City officials said about 778 people had been infected in New York City as of Thursday.
The NYC Health website reads, “Cases in New York City are increasing, and there are likely to be many undiagnosed cases.” Anyone can get monkeypox and spread it. Current issues are primarily spread among the social networks of gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men.”
The disease was relatively mild for many of the men and resulted in no deaths in the United States.
“We still have a chance” to contain monkeypox as vaccine supplies will soon increase, Dr. Rochelle Wallinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told the AP.
While nearly 2,000 doses were available when the outbreak was first identified in the US in May, Walinsky said the government has distributed more than 191,000 doses this week — with 160,000 ready to ship and up to 780,000 doses becoming available sooner in next week. .
Meanwhile, Thompson told NBC Bay Area that he’s finally doing better after being double infected with “Monkey COVID.”