July 21, 2019 at 4:16 pm #44248
Hi Terri, I have some questions about the risks involving transmissions by hands.
1. Today I went out with two friends, lets call them friend A and friend B. Friend A had a coldsore looking thing on her lip, and kept rubbing at it and touching it. If her hand brushes or touches my hand, arm, or leg (that has no broken skin) a five or so minutes after she rubs her sore, is there a risk?
2. I left for a few minutes, and when i came back I saw her holding hands with friend B. A five or so minutes after they held hands, friend B then held my hand and rubbed my leg. My hand did have some broken skin bc of some past hangnails that are healing. Is there a risk in this situation?
3. How long can the virus survive on someones hand after they rub at their sore?
4. If someone with a sore touches it then a few minutes later touches my hand, then i touch my face or mouth can the virus be transmitted?
I always wash my hands or body part someone touches as soon as I can. Sorry if these questions sound silly, thank you for your time.
July 26, 2019 at 4:32 am #44531
1. No risk
2 No risk
3. We don’t really have that data but a very short time and the volume of virus is very important for transmission as well as an entry point. This does NOT present a risk
They don’t sound silly – you just want a clear answer and I hope I have provided that for you
November 18, 2019 at 10:47 am #66154
Hi terri, posting again because I believe I have another answer I can post.
I think that my friend who I know gets coldsores used my chapstick on saturday. It’s monday now and I didn’t use it sincd then (about 2 days) but I accidentally put it on my lips for a split second before realizing and washing my lip immediately after. Is there a risk? Or has it been too long for the virus to still be living on the chapstick?
November 21, 2019 at 4:05 pm #66369
No, the virus could not live that long on a tube of Chapstick, no risk here.
November 22, 2019 at 10:02 pm #66439
Hi again terri, I believe this is my last question! It’s another about chapstick.
1. so my friend (a different one) accidentally used my chapstick about 3-4 hours after I did. If I had oral hsv and and didnt know, is she at risk or would the virus die by then?
2. Unrelated but if I used a microphone right after somebody and accidentally put my mouth on it, is there a risk?
3. Do you know how long the virus lives on non-moist inanimate objects like utensils, straws, etc?
December 6, 2019 at 5:06 am #66957
1. I believe the virus would be well dead by then
2. no risk there
3. There have been some old studies looking at this but nothing lately and I would say it is a very short time, especially with such small things, like those you mention. If it were me, I wouldn’t worry even for a moment about transmission via utensils or straws.
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