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How long can the varicella-zoster virus last on surfaces?
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Dr. Luciann Hruza
Dermatology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Luciann Hruza
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Dr. Kevin Daus
Obstetrics & Gynecology
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In brief: Not long
It can not live for long periods of time but lysol will kill it.

In brief: Not long
It can not live for long periods of time but lysol will kill it.
Dr. Kevin Daus
Dr. Kevin Daus
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