Due to the increase in cases monkeypox (monkeypox) In Brazil, people are also afraid of contracting the disease, which is transmitted mainly by prolonged contact with the skin.
Recently, television station NBC Chicago interviewed experts to determine the degree of risk involved in routine activities, such as going to parties, trying on clothes in stores, or just using public transportation.
The World Health Organization said last week that The main mode of transmission of monkeypox virus in the current outbreak is sexual contact. The same conclusion was reached by the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) in the United States.
Based on this and information from the CDC, doctors and scientists have been sharing some sort of risk scale in recent weeks, so people know how to protect themselves (see image below).
Prolonged contact with people with skin lesions characteristic of monkeypox is considered to be high risk, as is sexual activity.
The CDC stated this week that “as of July 15, 2022, transmissions are made during short interactions (such as a short conversation) between close and long-term people (such as passengers sitting near a person with monkeypox on an airplane) or during a visit to medical services. It has not been reported by anyone with monkeypox“.
The risks are considered low in activities where people wear clothing and there is no long-term contact.
For people with a confirmed or suspected diagnosis of monkeypox virus infection, the CDC’s recommendations include:
• Isolate at home from the appearance of symptoms, especially after the appearance of skin lesions.
• Avoid close or physical contact with people and animals.
• Cover injuries and wear an appropriate mask whenever you need to go to a medical service.
• Do not share items such as cutlery, bedding and towels.
• Avoid intimate contact, including sexual contact, with others.
• Wash your hands frequently with soap and water, especially after touching the rash.
The isolation period can be suspended only after all the lesions have dried and a new layer of skin has been born in the affected areas. In naturally occurring cases, this period can range from 15 to 28 days.
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