Can You Get Monkeypox From High Touch Objects— Such As Money?
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 states “monkeypox 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.
Woman with 'Extremely Painful' Monkeypox Says She Wasn't Offered Vaccine or Antiviral Treatments
Despite recovering from monkeypox, Camille Seaton finds herself hesitant to leave the house for long periods of time…
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