Shingles is not contagious but the exudate or liquid from the rash can still transmit the chickenpox virus to unprotected people around you. While it is possible for the virus to be transmitted from a person with active shingles to someone who has never had chickenpox, the person would develop chickenpox instead of shingles.1 You are generally considered non-contagious once the rash has dried up and crusted over.
Caregivers of young children should take precautions if they are around infants who have not been vaccinated for chickenpox.
1. WebMD. Myths and Facts About Shingles. https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/shingles/ss/slideshow-shingles-myths-facts. Last accessed Sep 2021.
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