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How Long Can The Herpes Cold Sore Virus Live On An Inanimate Object?

Posted by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:22 PM
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We hang out a lot with a family who seems to have cold sore breakouts a lot. So, I'm super paranoid about my 7 kids (13 to 5 months) being around them. I decided to do a little research on how ling the virus lives.



http://www.blurtit.com/q303427.html

"If the conditions were precisely right -- hot, damp, some human fluid (food source) present -- up to 8 hours. That's the best results in clinical lab settings, when they try to get it to colonise inanimate objects.

Most of the time, though, the virus is unlikely to last more than about 20 seconds away from the body.

The general scientific opinion is that there are no documented cases of anyone catching Herpes Simplex from an inanimate object.

Still, it's a good idea to avoid sharing things like lipsticks, drinking cups, food, etc. with people with active outbreaks.

The chances of getting it in a hot tub or jacuzzi are almost nil, because the chlorine should kill it, and the water would be too hot. A swimming pool, on the other hand, would be too cold (and heavily chlorinated).

A toilet seat is a poor medium for Herpes to lurk, unless the seat is soggy with urine, heated to body temperature and fluffy (so that it holds the fluid). And even then, a previous user would have needed to rub an open sore on the seat to possibly transmit the germs (anatomically, this isn't how most people actually interact with toilet seats)."
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kcangel63
by Freebirther on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:23 PM
I found it very interesting and put me at ease for some things. :)
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Grumpylilpixy
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Nothing about that puts me at ease.... It grosses me out, but at least you are at east about the situation.

kcangel63
by Freebirther on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:28 PM
Not exactly at ease about it all. Just the touching of things aspect of it.

Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

Nothing about that puts me at ease.... It grosses me out, but at least you are at east about the situation.

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TaylorFam02
by Bronze Member on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM
Lol! Thanks for the info, I'm paranoid too about a friend....I always bleach the cup she uses aftee she leaves.
Grumpylilpixy
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I am sure you cringed before or watched where they put their hands..... LMAO... 

 I am sorta a germ phobe not real bad but I just get a image of (almost like the lysol commercial where you see little things squirming. LOL) in my head... LOL

Quoting kcangel63:

Not exactly at ease about it all. Just the touching of things aspect of it.

Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

Nothing about that puts me at ease.... It grosses me out, but at least you are at east about the situation.


happy new year


kcangel63
by Freebirther on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:37 PM
I'm a total germaphobe. They were over, and I had to lock myself in my room for a few minutes after she picked food out of the dish in the fridge.

Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

I am sure you cringed before or watched where they put their hands..... LMAO... 

 I am sorta a germ phobe not real bad but I just get a image of (almost like the lysol commercial where you see little things squirming. LOL) in my head... LOL

Quoting kcangel63:

Not exactly at ease about it all. Just the touching of things aspect of it.



Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

Nothing about that puts me at ease.... It grosses me out, but at least you are at east about the situation.


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Grumpylilpixy
by on Jan. 8, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Yeah... activates your gag reflex. LOL

Quoting kcangel63:

I'm a total germaphobe. They were over, and I had to lock myself in my room for a few minutes after she picked food out of the dish in the fridge.

Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

I am sure you cringed before or watched where they put their hands..... LMAO... 

 I am sorta a germ phobe not real bad but I just get a image of (almost like the lysol commercial where you see little things squirming. LOL) in my head... LOL

Quoting kcangel63:

Not exactly at ease about it all. Just the touching of things aspect of it.



Quoting Grumpylilpixy:

Nothing about that puts me at ease.... It grosses me out, but at least you are at east about the situation.



happy new year


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