Knowing About Norovirus Helps Reduce it Spreading

Norovirus is the virus that causes gastroenteritis or stomach flu. Antibiotics cannot treat this type of virus, which only thrives inside the body and requires specialized medical care. Knowing about norovirus is important, in case you or a member of your family, especially a child, contracts it. You should know enough to at least stop it from spreading.

Some signs that a person has norovirus include vomiting, nausea, diarrhea, and stomach cramps. Signs that you have Norovirus (also known as vomiting bug) are having a high temperature, a headache, and aching arms and legs. It causes severe illness that lasts for one to two days in those who contract it. But two to three days after contracting the virus, the disease starts. Yet, in certain instances, the sickness may appear as soon as 12 hours following exposure.

Dehydration affects the young, old, and immune-compromised

Some people, particularly the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems, experience dehydration during this stage because they are unable to drink enough water.

But, a person should already drink a lot of liquids to avoid dehydration if they are already feeling sick, vomiting, and having diarrhea. According to reports, the most dangerous side effect of norovirus is dehydration, which should be avoided at all costs. The most frequent dehydration victims are young children, the elderly, and the ill.

Infected food and drinks can spread norovirus

Norovirus can be acquired in many ways. Eating infected food or drinking contaminated drinks are two ways to contract it. Putting their hands in their mouths after touching a contaminated surface or object. People can also contract the virus by coming into direct touch with someone who already has it, such as when they are tending to sick patients.

People who work in daycare centers or elderly homes and have norovirus infection need a lot of attention. It can spread quickly in these settings due to its high infectiousness. Additionally, those who have the infection might spread it through their stool and vomit.

Sadly, there is now no known medical cure for norovirus, nor has there been a vaccine to prevent it.

Handwashing reduces norovirus spreading

The person can avoid contracting the virus by washing their hands, especially after using the restroom, and changing diapers. Fruits, vegetables, and steamed oysters should all be well-cleaned before consumption. To stop a recurrence, use a home cleaner to disinfect the infected surfaces. Following an infection, linens that could be contaminated should be quickly removed, and clothing should be laundered. Throw away or flush the stool and/or vomit into the toilet. To prevent contracting the illness again, it is also important to maintain cleanliness in the neighborhood.

To treat yourself or your child for norovirus at home, you need to rest and have lots of fluids. This avoids dehydration which you should avoid at all costs. You will usually start feeling better after two or three days.

Should you be rightly concerned about children under the age of 12 months displaying worrying symptoms, go to 111.nhs.uk, or call 111 (In the UK)