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Can you catch herpes through coughing and sneezing ?

By December 4, 2015 - 7:46pm
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So my sister has a cold sore on her lip and she is sick with a cold. So she's sneezing and coughing everywhere. Can my family contract anything by having her cough or sneeze on linens/bedsheets ?
Also can any one contract the herpes virus if they sleep on the same pillow she uses ?

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Cold sores (also known as HSV type 1 virus) are contagious, especially when blistering. Other people can contract the virus if using the same pillow cases, towels etc. In order to avoid spreading the virus, use your own bed sheets/pillow cases. Also remind her to cover her mouth every time she sneezes and immediately wash her hands. You should also wash your hands often and frequently open windows to allow fresh air to circulate through the house.

December 5, 2015 - 10:40am
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