20 Apr Norovirus prevention and decontamination
Norovirus is an extremely unpleasant virus. Known as the vomiting bug and the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus spreads very easily, causing vomiting and diarrhoea for those who it affects. But what can you do to decontaminate and prevent Norovirus?
Currently, there is not a vaccine that can prevent Norovirus, but there are methods that can be put in place to help prevent the spread of Norovirus.
Firstly, in order to help prevent the spread of Norovirus, it is important to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. Washing your hands will help reduce the spread of the infection. However, using hand gels that contain alcohol do not kill Norovirus.
Practising good hand hygiene is vital in preventing the virus from spreading. More so, after you have been to the toilet and before you are eating or handling food.
Norovirus is contracted from having close contact with someone who has Norovirus and touching your mouth after touching surfaces or objects which have the virus on them. So, it is vital you handle and prepare food safely to help reduce your exposure to the virus.
When preparing food, wash your fruit and veg before eating them. Also, when eating seafood, it is essential you cook it thoroughly before consuming it. Norovirus is relatively resistant to heat, so if you feel foods might be contaminated with Norovirus it is important that they are thrown out.
If someone is infected with Norovirus, it is extremely important that they stay away from the kitchen and areas that are preparing food. This also applies to staying away from places of work and school to prevent the spread of the virus.
When you have Norovirus, you should stay away from people until your sickness and diarrhoea have stopped for at least two days. The reason behind this is because you’ll be the most infectious at this time, and you want to avoid spreading the infection to other people.
It is also really important that you do not visit any hospitals or care homes when you have Norovirus to prevent spreading the infection to people, especially the vulnerable.
Lastly, cleaning and disinfecting surface areas after someone has been sick or had diarrhoea as a result of Norovirus are vital. The sooner these areas are clean the better. But when cleaning and disinfecting areas, it is vital that some form of gloves is worn and a bleach-based product is used.
To ensure kitchen areas and food is safe from Norovirus it is recommended that a routine clean and sanitise of kitchens and equipment is carried out regularly. It is also recommended to clean and wash bedding that has been in contact and contaminated by Norovirus.
Here at Bio Decon, we are continuously working to make our world a safer place to live in. We provide specialist decontamination services for a range of settings using highly trained professionals and following the highest safety standards and procedures, so, together we can help tackle virus’s and keep everyone safe.
Bio Decon was set up to provide deep cleaning, sterilisation and decontamination services for a variety of sectors including the pharmaceutical, medical, healthcare and police agencies. We see ourselves as an emergency service providing our clients with a professional and quantifiable solution. So, if you need assistance in cleaning services for Norovirus please get in contact.