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The US, like other countries around the world, is dealing with an outbreak of two particularly nasty viruses at the moment: coronavirus and monkeypox. But while the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have reported well over 100,000 Covid cases in recent days, only around 2,500 cases of monkeypox have been identified by the CDC.
Despite the difference in case numbers at the moment, one Stanford professor hasn’t ruled out the possibility of an individual coming down with both viruses at the same time.
Dr Dean Winslow told NBC Bay Area: “It’s certainly not impossible for that to occur – it’s just incredibly bad luck. They are very different viruses.”
And it turns out one California resident was on the receiving end of such bad luck last month, when he tested positive for Covid and then noticed red lesions on his limbs, back and neck.
While a “new, continuous cough” is one of the most well-known symptoms of coronavirus, it’s rashes and raised spots which are commonly associated with monkeypox.
The man in question, Mitcho Thompson, said: “The doctor was very certain that I have monkeypox and that I had both.