MRSA is usually spread through physical contact – not through the air.
It is usually spread by direct contact (e.g., skin-to-skin) or contact with a contaminated object.
However, it can be spread in the air if the person has MRSA pneumonia and is coughing.
Is MRSA airborne contagious?
MRSA is very contagious under certain circumstances (when skin alterations or damage are present); spread occurs through person-to-person contact with a skin infection or even indirect contact, such as contact with a MRSA-infected person’s clothing or towels or even from benches in gyms.
How is MRSA transmitted?
For more information visit MRSA in healthcare settings. MRSA is usually spread in the community by contact with infected people or things that are carrying the bacteria. This includes through contact with a contaminated wound or by sharing personal items, such as towels or razors, that have touched infected skin.
Is staph infection airborne?
Most staph infections are spread by direct person-to-person contact, usually requiring some break in the skin or mucous membranes to allow transfer of the bacteria. Staph infections are infrequently or rarely spread by airborne droplets, in swimming pools or by saliva, although it is possible.
Is it OK to be around someone with MRSA?
If you have MRSA, it can be spread to a visitor if you have contact with their skin, especially if it’s sore or broken, or if they handle personal items you have used, such as towels, bandages or razors.