Canada and many other countries are still dealing with COVID-19 even though vaccines have been developed. According to the official Canadian government website, 81.72% of people have been fully vaccinated, while 84.92% have received at least one dose. People are still contracting COVID-19, but completely vaccinated people have a much lower risk of being infected, dying, or going to the hospital, as stated by The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
COVID-19 is not the only virus that has been affecting people. Recently, a new infection has appeared in Canada known as monkeypox. According to CTV News, there have been 112 confirmed cases of monkeypox, and Dr. Theresa on CTV News stated that all the cases have been among men.
Dr. Theresa Tam explained that their current goal was to prevent the outbreak from growing further. Next, Tam addressed how monkeypox spreads, saying that intimate physical contact, sexual activity, or becoming in contact with scabs, mucus, bodily fluids, and even bed linen can spread the disease.
Canada’s official government website states that there has been one confirmed case in British Columbia, four cases in Alberta, nine cases in Ontario, and 98 cases in Quebec. According to Canada’s official government website, other countries have also reported cases of monkeypox.
The World Health Organization explained that a total of 28 countries have reported cases of monkeypox. A few listed include Mexico, the United States of America, Austria, Spain, The United Kingdom, and 24 other countries. In addition, they stated that there had been a total of 1285 confirmed cases of monkeypox as of June 8, 2022.
According to Canada’s official government website, Canada is continuing to monitor the situation around the disease monkeypox. They are working with the different provinces, territories, and international partners (including the World Health Organization) to monitor the current situation.
As of right now, the best thing people can do is to continue washing their hands, being careful with who they share drinks, and being cautious throughout their daily lives.
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