China warns against skin contact with foreigners

NAfter the discovery of the first case of monkeypox in China the chief epidemiologist at the national health agency has warned the population against coming into skin contact with foreigners. “Don’t have skin contact with foreigners,” Wu Zunyou wrote on Weibo as the first piece of advice to avoid contagion. The recommendation triggered violent reactions on the Chinese Internet. Users saw discrimination and criticized the information as not very scientific.

However, the nationalist commentator Sima Nan said: “It is good to open the country, but we cannot let everything in.” As the health department reported, a Monkey Pox Case found on an “international arrival” in Chongqing. It was not said whether he was a Chinese citizen or a foreigner. However, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, China only issues extremely few visas. Since all travelers entering China must quarantine for at least a week, the disease was diagnosed in isolation when the person showed symptoms.

“It makes me sick to read words like that,” wrote one user. Others complained of scaremongering. It was recalled how Chinese or other Asians abroad had been discriminated against after the initial outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic in central China. A foreign language teacher pointed out that he has lived in China for 12 years, has permanent residency rights and has not left the country for three years because of the pandemic: “What should I make of the first sentence?”

The virus is transmitted through direct contact of the skin or mucous membrane with body fluids or the typical skin changes. According to analyses, around 95 percent of those infected during the current outbreak were infected during sexual activity, with men who had sex with men being particularly affected. In Germany, which was badly affected, the number of infections recorded had recently fallen.

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