Is It Possible To Get Monkeypox If You Thrift Your Clothes?

As the CDC begins to learn more about monkeypox, the warnings and guidelines are changing. Reading the initial announcement left many people worried about how easy it is to contract the disease, and a big concern became shopping, specifically at thrift shops. TikTok became a big source for the scare, going as far to say that thrifting as a hobby will go away for good due to the monkeypox outbreak. But just how scared should we be?

If you love to thrift, or even love to try on clothes in a store, you don’t have to worry too much. Self spoke with Peter Chin-Hong, MD, a professor of medicine specializing in infectious disease at the University of California San Francisco, who said that contracting monkeypox via shopping is “very, very unlikely.” He went on to say, “It’s very difficult to get infected with monkeypox through clothing, except in a household-context situation with lots and lots of contact.” So, if you love to thrift, you don’t have to give it up just yet. But to be extra safe, you may want to throw your clothes in the wash before wearing them for a full day.

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