Several viruses and bacteria can cause conjunctivitis (pink eye), some of which are very 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
If you have conjunctivitis but do not have fever or other symptoms, 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 include close contact with other people, you should not attend.