The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) raised the threat level of the new monkeypox outbreak and suggested travelers wear masks to prevent transmission of the disease.

None of the airlines have responded to the announcement. For the moment, the decision to wear a mask while traveling appears to be a voluntary one.

To date, there have been 31 confirmed cases nationwide, according to the CDC.

Although the mask suggestion by the health agency follows a similar pattern to its Covid-19 guidance, the two diseases are quite different. Monkeypox is less lethal and less easy to transmit. Indeed, there have been no confirmed deaths in the U.S. from infection.

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