Here’s a problem we’ll likely see quite a bit more of in the days ahead as monkeypox continues to spread at an alarming rate. A woman was temporarily removed from a Spirit Airlines flight after being accused of having monkeypox when she only had eczema.
Passenger With Eczema Accused Of Having “Monkeypox” And Kicked Off Spirit Airlines Flight
A woman shared her story on TikTok, which I can only imagine was absolutely humiliating.
“They had me get off the plane in front of everyone along with my wife to interrogate me about the eczema I’ve had my whole life.”
When she produced a tube of eczema cream and the staff looked up the differences between monkeypox and eczema, she was allowed to re-board the flight.
@jacqueline.ngu misinformation leads to discrimnation/hostility. everyone with a visible non-contagious skin condition has been anticipating this #monkeypox#eczema ♬ i’m Peppa Pig – funny
@jacqueline.ngu #duet with @jacqueline.ngu i’m very lucky i happened to bring my eczema cream that day, but we shouldn’t have to tote around evidence #monkeypox#eczema ♬ i’m Peppa Pig – funny
Eczema, also known as dermatitis and monkeypox both can produce rashes. However, monkeypox rashes tend to look more like chickenpox. Dr Rosamund Lewis of the World Health Organization explained:
“It starts with what we call macules. These are just red areas. Then it progresses to papules. This is something you can feel. It’s raised. Those red lumps and bumps then start to blister, and fill with a whitish fluid that looks like pus. These pustules then begin to dry out and scab over. Eventually, the scabs will heal and drop off.”
Eczema produces dry, itchy and inflamed skin, but generally not the sort of pox (a rash of pimples that become pus-filled) that we see with monkeypox.
Perhaps more troubling is that the woman alleges one of the Spirit flight attendant saw her and quickly turned around and walked away, all while avoiding looking at her, “As if eye contact could spread it.” Eczema is not contagious and monkeypox cannot be transferred via eye contact…a little empathy goes a long way.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that you “seek medical care immediately if you develop a new, unexplained skin rash or lesions on any part of the body.” Do keep an eye out for new skin abnormalities. But let’s hope that we won’t start accusing everyone with a rash of having monkeypox. Having eczema is already bad enough…
(H/T: C Boarding Group)