While you have the virus: You are contagious. Protect other people from direct contact with your affected skin areas. Don’t scratch or pick at the rash. Scratching spreads the infection. If needed, cover affected skin with bandages to help prevent scratching. Don’t shave the bumps. This can also spread the virus on your own skin. Wash your hands for at least 20 seconds before and after caring for the rash. Don’t share towels, washcloths, or clothing with anyone. Don’t scratch or pick at any areas that have bumps. Don’t have sex if the bumps are in the genital area. If you play contact sports or other activities that involve skin-to-skin contact, cover all affected skin with clothing or bandages. Don’t swim in public pools until the rash goes away.