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TikToker Says Spirit Staff Mistook Her Eczema Rashes For Monkeypox
Monkeypox continues to spread in the U.S. with cases increasing over the past weeks. With the number climbing to over 11,000 cases according to the latest Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data, concerns arise about the virus amount across the country. In some situations, these concerns can lead to some disturbance in public places. This is the case of a San Francisco woman who claimed she was almost kicked off her Spirit Airlines flight due to suspicion of being infected with the monkeypox virus.
As KRON4 reported this Sunday, Jacqueline Nguyen, who has more than 28,000 followers, posted a TikTok video on August 4 saying the airline had her and her wife temporarily exit a Los Angeles Spirit Airlines flight to explain why her skin condition which turned out to be eczema. The video of the incident has gotten more than 1.9 million views.
In the Titktok video, Nguyen said that the Spirit crew members required her to provide medical documents. She showed a tube of prescribed eczema cream. Only then they were able to board again. Nguyen described the incident as “discriminatory.”
“You could have a bad acne breakout, you could get a heat rash and end up in the position I was in,” she told KRON4 Friday. “It’s not hard to show people compassion, it’s not hard to give people the benefit of the doubt and I think that we could all use that right now.”
In another video, Nguyen said her wife was a Spirit Airlines flight attendant and was fired by the airline the day after the video was posted.
Earlier this month, the World Health Organization declared that the world is under a “public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC)”. The term is designed to trigger a coordinated international response and could unlock funding to collaborate on sharing vaccines and treatments.
Monkeypox has a long incubation period. After initial exposure, it can be weeks before symptoms develop. An early heads-up from a robust contact tracing effort could help people exposed to monkeypox isolate and seek tests or vaccines before symptoms appear.