Rospotrebnadzor assessed the likelihood of introducing a lockdown in Russia due to monkeypox – ExpertRU

Natalya Pshenichnaya, professor, deputy director for clinical and analytical work of the Central Research Institute of Epidemiology of Rospotrebnadzor, assessed the likelihood of a lockdown due to monkeypox being introduced in Russia.

In her opinion, there will be no lockdown or transition to remote work due to this disease in Russia, since the infection does not spread as rapidly as it did with the coronavirus, RIA Novosti reports.

“In any case, the spread of monkeypox will not be similar to COVID-19, neither in terms of the speed and scale of spread, nor in terms of peak health, social and economic burdens. There will be no lockdowns and remote work,” Pshenichnaya stressed.

At the same time, she recalled that one of the main conditions for the transmission of monkeypox is close, prolonged contact with the patient without precautions.

Previously “Expert” saidthat, according to the director of the Gamaleya Center Alexander Gintsburg, the emergence of variants of the monkeypox virus with an increased ability to cause disease in humans is possible in the event of a massive spread of infection.

“If this virus begins to be massively transmitted from person to person, then it is possible, in principle, the emergence of variants with increased virulence. And it will be very dangerous in epidemiological and clinical terms,” the specialist warned.

The head of the Gamaleya Center emphasized that, in all likelihood, the monkeys contracted smallpox from rodents, which are the main carriers of this virus.

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