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anyone know if you can catch chicken pox by being in a room where a child with chicken pox WAS

(8 Posts)
nowwearefour Fri 09-Jan-09 09:16:14

but now isnt? is it airborne or can you catch it from fabrics etc? or is it through direct contact with the child?

nowwearefour Fri 09-Jan-09 09:24:18


pageturner Fri 09-Jan-09 09:25:20

You can't catch it like that! It's direct contact with the scabs, not airborne.

Picante Fri 09-Jan-09 09:25:34

It is airborne. I guess it would depend how long the child had been out of the room.

Picante Fri 09-Jan-09 09:26:13

Lol at x-posts.

Sorry definitely airborne. A friend's ds caught it from my ds and they weren't even in the same room.

SniffyHock Fri 09-Jan-09 09:27:14

My children have just had it - my doctor told me that it would need actual contact, the example he gave was approx 10mins face-to-face conversation. I guess the equivalent for a toddler is playing in fairly close poximity for a fair amount of time. So I would say no, they can't get it from a room where it was.

SniffyHock Fri 09-Jan-09 09:28:25

I swear that 'poximity' wasn't on purpose! blush

Picante Fri 09-Jan-09 09:29:00

Clever tho sniffy.

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