June 21, 2024

Baguio residents were urged to continue observing the health and safety protocols against the Covid-19 as the same measures would protect a person against monkeypox.

Dr. Bernard Demot, chief of the Molecular Laboratory Service at the Department of Health-managed Baguio General Hospital and Medical Center (BGHMC), said monkeypox is transmitted from respiratory droplets of infected persons and other body fluids from infectious skin lesions, and contaminated beddings or clothing.

“You can protect yourselves if you continue to observe the same safety protocols of hand washing, use of masks, and physical distancing,” he said.

Demot added that practicing safe sex is also a means of protection as it was found out that there were men having sex with men who contracted the monkeypox virus after sexual intercourse.

He said they are glad many of the residents continue to observe Covid-19 health and safety protocols.

“We are lucky that many still use masks and we must continue doing it to also protect ourselves from being sick of monkeypox,” he said.

While the transmissibility is only one to 10 percent, he said those who might suffer the most and possibly die of monkeypox are those who are immunocompromised. – PNA