Have extreme cold sore phobia. How long can hsv1 survive on dry surfaces outside the body? Seen crazy estimates ranging from 10 sec to 8 weeks! Truth?

Consider this: Most people have had HSV1 since childhood but just never get fever blisters. Why don't you see if you can get tested to see if you already have it? Whether or not it ever causes a fever blister is hard to predict. As for survival on dry surfaces, is very unlikely. As for your phobia, there are a lot of other worse germs out there. Practice good hygiene..Much worrying is unhealthy.Treat phobia.