According to a new government study, the monkeypox virus can live on many common household items, although it is not yet clear whether it can spread the infection.
Two monkeypox patients who shared a home said they disinfected surfaces, washed their hands several times a day, and bathed regularly. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said researchers found the virus in 70% of high-contact areas, including couches, blankets, a coffee machine, computer mouse and light switches, even 20 days after their symptoms began.
However, no live virus was found on any object or surface, suggesting that the risk that the infection could spread is low. The CDC said that cleaning and disinfection practices limit the amount of contamination in the home.
The study also sheds new light on the behavior of the monkeys, raising questions about the virus. Monkeypox is mainly spread by direct contact with sores or respiratory secretions during continuous close contact with a sick person. According to a separate study from the CDC, more than 90% of monkeypox cases in the US were linked to recent male-to-male sexual contact.
According to the study, the virus can also be spread through fluids or objects used by an infected person, but it is not yet clear how much some surface contamination contributes to indirect transmission of the virus.
People visiting the home of someone with monkeypox should still “wear a well-fitting mask, avoid touching potentially contaminated surfaces, maintain proper hand hygiene, share eating utensils, clothing, bedding or towels.” Protect yourself by avoiding and following household disinfection recommendations. says CDC.
According to the study, cases of monkeypox in both the patients were reported in May. One person had wounds on his genitals, hands, chest, lips and scalp, while the other had wounds on his feet, legs and fingers. According to the report, both of them were ill for about a month.