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Can a child with a cold sore be spreading the virus if playing in a community pool?

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Dr. Michelle Marcincuk
ENT - Head & Neck Surgery
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In brief: Possibly

Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious.
I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, i would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission.

In brief: Possibly

Although community pools are chlorinated to help kill germs and prevent the spread of germs, the virus that causes cold sores is contagious.
I suspect the risk is low. Nonetheless, i would suggest that kids with open, active cold sores stay out of community pools to help reduce the risk of transmission.
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