The virus is contagious through direct skin contact. So it’s important not to scratch or pick at the bumps. If a child in your household has molluscum, make sure that child bathes alone rather than with their siblings. Also, it’s important that everyone uses their own towels for drying off after bathing and showering. While the virus is transmissible, there is no reason to keep a child out of their normal activities such as school. Molluscum can persist for up to two years. It isn’t reasonable to remove a child from daycare or school for that length of time. If a school or daycare administrator is insisting that your child stays home, talk to your dermatologist about getting a medical note indicating that the child is completely safe in school.