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How it spreads

Several viruses and bacteria can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye). Both viral and bacterial conjunctivitis are highly contagious. Each of these types of germs can spread from person to person in different ways. They usually spread from an infected person to others through

  • Close personal contact, such as touching or shaking hands
  • The air by coughing and sneezing
  • Touching an object or surface with germs on it, then touching your eyes before washing your hands

 

When to go back to work or school

If you have conjunctivitis, you may be allowed to remain at work or school with your doctor’s approval. However, if you still have symptoms, and your activities at work or school are such that you can’t avoid close contact with other people, you should not attend.

 

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