- Oct 20, 2003
Smallpox was never actually "airborne" in the classic sense but it can be spread by coughing and sneezing. (which does require relatively close contact)Scary, but unlikely... that never happened to smallpox in all the millennia it infected people. It was always close contact.
"Smallpox spreads from contact with infected persons. Generally, direct and fairly prolonged face-to-face contact is required to spread smallpox from one person to another. Smallpox also can be spread through direct contact with infected bodily fluids or contaminated objects such as bedding or clothing."
In fact, the spread of smallpox is virtually identical to monkeypox.
Which is why I this it's somewhat probable it will spread like wildfire as soon as it reaches schools and daycares.
Everything I've read about Monkey-Pox says that it takes a substantial period of direct skin-contact to spread at this point. (however there have been conflicting reports from Africa & I'm not testing this theory!)