Aug 19, 2007
some of the websites say that hcv can live for hours and days and it might not even be visible wouldn't this mean that everything is capable of being infectios and transmitting the virus if you have an open wound if there could be blood that you can't even see that is infectious? how are we suppose to know?
Response from Dr. McGovern
You ask a good question.
Yes, there are studies that do show the virus can persist on environmental objects. However, this does not mean that there is a risk of TRANSMISSION through the environment. Furthermore, no study has ever demonstrated the environment as a route of transmission. It is a giant leap to simply ISOLATING any virus in any location to proving that the same virus can actually cause INFECTION. I hope this is reassuring.
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