After upping its monkeypox warning level last week, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued and then retracted an advisory that travelers, newly relieved of the federal COVID-19 mask mandate, once again mask up to guard against the new virus.
Last week, the CDC elevated its travel advisory level for monkeypox from Level 1 (Watch) to Level 2 (Alert), urging travelers to use “enhanced precautions” to avoid contracting or spreading the virus.
“Cases of monkeypox have been reported in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, Asia, and Australia,” the CDC wrote, adding that cases have been “reported among men who have sex with men” as well as “people who live in the same household as an infected person.”
Travelers are advised to “[a]void close contact with sick people, including those with skin lesions or genital lesions” as well as avoid touching dead or alive wild animals, “eating or preparing meat from wild game,” and touching materials used by sick people.
In the initial advisory the CDC — which has been slammed during the COVID-19 pandemic for frequently changing its advice on masking, and pushing experimental mRNA drugs while concealing data on the risk and effectiveness of the injections — advised travelers to go back to wearing masks.
According to the federal agency, masking up “can help protect you from many diseases, including monkeypox.”
While saying the risk to the general public is low, the CDC is adding to the list of recommended precautions. https://t.co/VMr4PYtmFE
— AL.com (@aldotcom) June 7, 2022