Monkeypox, COVID-19 and Campout
August 3, 2022
What you can do about Monkeypox before Campout.
NOW: Find a vaccination appointment.
The FDA just approved a much wider distribution of the Monkeypox vaccine, and supplies are beginning to roll out nationwide. Grant Roth has been compiling a comprehensive list of vaccine providers nationwide. Check it out and start calling. Having one shot won't provide full immunity, but it will lessen the risk and potentially reduce symptoms in the chance that you contract it. Even if you can't get it until a few days before, it's still worth getting it into your system and getting the clock going towards your second dose.
There is also an ongoing thread to discuss vaccination on the Honchoboard.
BEFORE: Be careful, pay attention to your body.
Rash is the main symptom, but other early symptoms can include fever, chills, night sweats, headache, sore throat, muscle aches, backache, and swollen lymph nodes in different parts of the body. People may experience one or all of these. Get the full details at the CDC website. If you aren't feeling well, stay home and isolate from others. See a healthcare provider if you notice a new or unexplained rash or other Monkeypox symptoms.
Symptoms or not, consider limiting risk by reducing the number of sex partners and avoiding crowded places with shared surfaces and close quarters.
If you think you might have Monkeypox or COVID-19, get a PCR test. Most healthcare providers can do a test for either infection, with the Monkeypox test being very accurate. Turnaround times are relatively quick now at 3-4 business days.
If you do contract Monkeypox or COVID-19, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with proof of infection/suspicion of infection from your healthcare provider, and we will figure out a solution with your tickets.
We do not offer refunds or roll forwards for any other circumstances. Campout still operates on a shoestring, and we depend on a reliable count of tickets going into the festival to keep this thing together.
DURING: Keep up the care.
Take care of yourselves and others around you. Do occasional skin checks on yourself and sexy skin scans before hooking up with sex partners, and if you notice a bump, be extra cautious. There are many actions you can take to reduce your risk of infection, such as lessening the number of sex partners and cuddle buddies during the event. Be mindful of using shared seating and cozy spaces, as the virus can be passed to another person via sores/spots touching soft and hard surfaces. If you’ve recently had Monkeypox, some guidelines recommend using condoms for 12 weeks after the skin ulcers have been completely cured to prevent transmission.
On our end, a few actions we’ll be taking to help the community reduce risks:
1) We will have tables of sani-wipes and sanitizer pumps outside of all toilets. Before you sit on a toilet seat or touch the inside of a port-o-potty, give the toilet seat a wipe. Hit the door handles too.
2) Each shower will have cleaning spray available. Give your shower handles and surfaces a quick spray before and after your shower.
3) If you feel like you’re suffering from symptoms of Monkeypox, check in with our Wellness team. They’ll be able to help by taking a look at any new bumps and rashes and talking through symptoms.
AFTER: Continue to be proactive.
Keep watching your skin and assessing your health. If you weren’t able to get your Monkeypox vaccination done before Campout, do it! It can help to prevent or reduce severity of Monkeypox if you were exposed. This is sadly something we’ll be dealing with in queer nightlife for a while, so get ahead of it, symptoms or not.
If you contracted Monkeypox from being at Campout, reach out to us at email@example.com. We’d like to keep in touch with you, check in, and make sure we are letting others know who may have been around you.