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How Long Can Conjunctivitis Live On Sheets
Quite some time: Pink eye is caused by the same virus responsible for the common cold (adenovirus). Although it is the most contagious infection, it is usually self-limited and clears within 2 weeks. Left on an inanimate object like sheets or a door handle, the virus can last anywhere up to 10 or more hours. If someone has pink eye, they sohuld not share utensils or linens and should use alcohol cleansers often. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Many causes: There are many causes of pink-eye, including allergens, irritants, bacteria, viruses, other microbes, and trauma. Only living causes cause concern about their survival on inanimate surfaces. Adenovirus is a common cause, may be the hardiest, and is very contagious. Canadian Public Health says survival can be 1 wk to 3 mon. Look at http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/lab-bio/res/psds-ftss/msds3e-eng.php ...Read more
Here are some ...: HPV virus will still exist forever in underwear, but it will not get entrance to a person as long as there is no microscopic skin injury to allow HPV virus to get viable part of skin where it may establish its foothold to thrive and duplicate inside skin cells. At times, even getting entrance to skin does not mean one will be contracted because our body can fend it off by immune defense ability. ...Read more
Viruses live longer: ...On hard surfaces like doorknobs, phones & toothbrushes, up to ~48*, than on porous surfaces like fabric or paper, from 20min up to 1d. But in 2008 a study @ univ hospital of geneva showed flu viruses thriving in wet environments. On swiss money, viruses survived ~72* & when mixed w/human mucus, one type a strain remained active for 17d. Clean, clean, clean to kill the virus! ...Read more
Several hours: Rsv can survive on hard surfaces such as tables and crib rails for many hours. It also lives on soft surfaces such as tissues and hands for shorter amounts of time. People infected with RSV are usually contagious for 3 to 8 days after the onset of symptoms. Frequent hand washing & meticulous attention to cleaning of surfaces in the room of an RSV infected person can prevent transmission to others. ...Read more
Scabies: Scabies can live as long as 72 hours, on clothes or surfaces, other than people. They die at 122F (50C), for 10 minutes. So, a hot water wash works well. If you cannot wash something, place it in a tightly closed plastic bag, for about a week. They can live 1-2 months on people, without treatment; and are very contagious. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scabies: Scabies can live as long as 72 hours, on clothes or surfaces, other than people. They die at 122F (50C), for 10 minutes. So, a hot water wash works well. If you cannot wash something, place it in a tightly closed plastic bag, for about a week. They can live 1-2 months on people, without treatment; and are very contagious. ...Read more
Depends . . .: Answer depends upon germ & surface. Check out http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/12/27/how-long-can-germs-live_n_4509419.html & http://www.popsci.com/scitech/article/2002-08/how-long-do-microbes-bacteria-and-viruses-live-surfaces-home-normal-room-tem. ...Read more
HIV is very: Sensitive to environmental exposure and does not last longer . I think you wanted to know whether HIV can be transmitted airborne. The answer would be no. Hiv is strictly body fluid related infection including sexual intercourse , contaminated blood and blood product transfusion , skin or blood vessels pricked by sharp object that contain contaminated ( hiv) containing body fluid ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
ANSWER: Lice cannot survive for more than about 24-36 hours when removed from a person. Spraying furniture, carpets and bedding with an insecticide serves no real purpose other than providing some margin of psychological comfort .If anything, vacuuming carpets and furniture will remove stray lice. ...Read more
Not long: Hours, maybe a day at most.Get a more detailed answer ›
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