The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study Friday suggesting that people wear masks to protect themselves from monkeypox despite growing evidence the virus is transmitted sexually.
The CDC’s Friday Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), its internal journal, included research on the spread of monkeypox via contaminated surfaces. Researchers in Utah sampled 30 different samples from the home of two monkeypox patients, and found that 21 of the surfaces yielded positive real-time PCR results, but none tested positive for viral cultures.
Still, despite the lack of live virus found in the samples, the paper still warns that monkeypox can spread through surface contact. The agency also recommends wearing masks at the bottom of the paper, even though little evidence has emerged that monkeypox is an airborne virus.
The CDC’s own website doesn’t list airborne transmission as a way monkeypox spreads. The Santa Clara County, California, Health Department is telling the public that monkeypox isn’t airborne. Reuters has fact-checked claims that the CDC believes monkeypox is airborne as false.
You are not at of risk from getting monkeypox through everyday contact with people. It is not airborne like COVID. Monkeypox is primarily transmitted through direct, physical skin on skin contact, on any part of the body that has the rash. pic.twitter.com/7jIE8Jmqkn
— Healthy SCC (@HealthySCC) August 18, 2022
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