Can You Get Monkeypox From High Touch Objects— Such As Money?

Yes, according to this woman’s story

Nadja Scarlett
2 min readAug 6, 2022


Photo by Shane Rounce on Unsplash

I’ve been keeping up-to-date on monkeypox. The virus that’s now traveling throughout the world.

In the earlier days, touching items seemed to be low risk for transmission, except for bedding, towels, and clothing.

I was surprised when I came across Camille Seaton’s story, a resident of Georgia who believes she got monkeypox from “touching a lot of money” through employment at a gas station.

Her suspicions were confirmed as plausible.

Dr. Linda Yancey, an infectious disease expert in Houston, stated, “it is absolutely a possibility” for transmission through money, as the monkeypox virus can survive in the environment.

So what does that mean for high-touch surfaces, such as shopping carts, doorknobs, ATM machines, and payment kiosks? Some continue to report the possibility of transmission is low risk.

But, the CDC statesmonkeypox can spread to anyone by touching objects, fabrics (clothing, bedding, or towels), and surfaces that have been used by someone with monkeypox.”

Currently, vaccinations are only encouraged for those exposed to the virus or more likely to contract the virus.

Is it time to always use sanitizing wipes and gloves while out in the community?

Is it worth the risk not to do so, because you haven’t been advised to — yet?

It’s something to consider, along with increased handwashing and use of hand sanitizers.

Monkeypox symptoms can be painful, debilitating, traumatic, and may cause psychological distress.

You be the judge.

Read Camille’s story below. Warning — the images of her lesions are disturbing.

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Nadja Scarlett

“Witchy, not wicked” | Hodgepodge of stories from horror fiction to nonfiction, and ALOT in between. With a mix of quirky for extra fun!