California man reveals he had Covid and monkeypox AT THE SAME TIME with symptoms leaving him in bed for ‘weeks of misery’

A California man has revealed he had Covid and monkeypox at the same time – and his symptoms left him in bed for ‘weeks of misery’.

Mitcho Thompson, from northern California, recently tested positive for Covid-19 and monkeypox at the same time, according to NBC Bay Area.

Mitcho Thompson had both Covid and monkeypox

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Mitcho Thompson had both Covid and monkeypoxCredit: NBC Bay Area
The Northern California man first tested positive for Covid and then monkeypox

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The Northern California man first tested positive for Covid and then monkeypoxCredit: Getty

The Sevastopol man said he started noticing red sores on his body shortly after testing positive for Covid.

He spoke with NBC Bay Area earlier this week, explaining how he discovered lesions on his body on his legs, arms, back and neck – and that’s when he realized that he might have monkeypox.

“The doctor was absolutely sure I had monkeypox and I had both,” he told the outlet.

“That was the question. Could I have them at the same time? And he said, ‘Yes, yes, yes’.”

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Thompson noted that he felt “really sick” and said “the worst” was when he could “barely” get out of bed or drink a glass of water.

He called the time he was sick “weeks of misery” because he felt like he had a very bad flu.

However, Thompson felt much better at the time of the interview with NBC Bay Area.

Dr Dean Winslow, a professor of medicine at Stanford University who also spoke to the outlet, said catching Covid at the same time as monkeypox is very rare but possible.

The infectious disease specialist said: “It’s certainly not impossible for this to happen.

“It’s just unbelievably bad luck. They’re very different viruses.”

Most monkeypox cases Winslow has encountered have been spread through skin-to-skin contact, he told the outlet, noting that Covid is transmitted more easily.

The news comes as cases of monkeypox continue to rise in the United States with new infections detected, according to data from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

The latest CDC update brings the total number of cases in the country to 2,323, just months after the first US case was detected.

The United States has confirmed its first case of monkeypox in a traveler who returned from Canada to Massachusetts on May 17.

New York was the hardest hit with 581 confirmed cases, followed by California with 356 and Illinois and Florida with 208.

Anyone can get the disease – especially if you have been in contact or had sexual contact with someone showing symptoms.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released new guidelines on how to identify monkeypox during the outbreak.

Traditionally, people with monkeypox have developed fever, swollen lymph nodes, headaches, and muscle aches.

Symptoms are followed by a rash that begins on the face or mouth and then spreads to other parts of the body, especially the hands and feet.

However, in some recent cases, patients have first felt a rash in the mouth or around the genitals or anus.

And instead of generalized rashes, some patients saw scattered or localized lesions in areas other than the face, hands, or feet.

Sometimes flu-like symptoms developed after the rash, but other people didn’t have these symptoms at all.

Scientists have warned of unusual symptoms in American patients not previously associated with the virus.

Some patients have reported pain in or around the anus and rectum, rectal bleeding, proctitis (painful inflammation of the lining of the rectum) or the feeling of needing to have a bowel movement even though the bowels are empty.

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Monkeypox belongs to the same family of viruses as smallpox.

Most people recover from monkeypox within weeks, but the disease is fatal for up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health Organization.

Most people recover from monkeypox within weeks, but the disease is fatal for up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health Organization

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Most people recover from monkeypox within weeks, but the disease is fatal for up to 1 in 10 people, according to the World Health OrganizationCredit: Reuters
People infected with monkeypox have found scattered lesions on their bodies

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People infected with monkeypox have found scattered lesions on their bodiesCredit: Getty

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