A new monkeypox study by the US disease control body CDC now suggests that the virus can linger on many common household objects for several days despite regular disinfection.
For this study, a house shared by two monkeypox patients was occupied. Patients regularly disinfected surfaces, washed their hands several times a day and showered more frequently. Despite this, researchers found the virus in 70% of high-contact areas 20 days after their symptoms began. These included sofas, blankets, a coffee machine, a computer mouse and the light switch.
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Virus detected on objects and surfaces during the study was dead, suggesting the risk of spreading infections is low. The CDC said cleaning and disinfecting practices may have limited the amount of contamination in the home, Bloomberg reported.
As a result of the study, the US disease control body advised people visiting the home of someone with monkeypox to protect themselves “by wearing a properly fitted mask, avoiding touching potentially contaminated surfaces, maintaining proper hand hygiene, avoiding sharing kitchen utensils, clothing, bedding, or towels, and following home sanitizing recommendations.
Monkeypox is spread from person to person through close contact with a person who has a monkeypox rash, including face-to-face, skin-to-skin, mouth-to-mouth, or mouth-to-skin contact, including including through sexual contact. It can also be spread by respiratory droplets via ulcers, lesions or sores in the mouth.
The global health body, the WHO, had previously clarified that it was also possible to become infected through a “contaminated environment”. For example, when an infectious person touches clothing, bedding, towels, objects, electronic devices and surfaces, skin scales or viruses can contaminate the environment.
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