How long can the varicella-zoster virus last on surfaces?

Shingles. We don't generally worry about shingles virus being spread by surfaces. As a rule you can give someone chicken pox if you have shingles so you should not have anyone with a poor immune system touch your shingles rash. I think the virus probably could survive on a surface but since chicken pox itself is usually spread by breathing on someone doubt you could give chicken pox this way.
Not long. It can not live for long periods of time but lysol will kill it.

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