12 Apr What is Norovirus?
From vomiting and diarrhoea, Norovirus is a virus that is an extremely unpleasant virus. Known as the vomiting bug and the winter vomiting bug, Norovirus is a virus that spreads very easily. But how exactly is it spread? And what are the main symptoms to look out for?
How exactly is Norovirus spread?
Norovirus is contracted from having close contact with someone who has Norovirus. Touching your mouth after touching surfaces or objects which have the virus on them and eating food that has been prepared by someone who has Norovirus will expose you to the virus.
Norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines, which is known as acute gastroenteritis.
When someone has Norovirus, they shed Norovirus particles. It only then takes a small fraction of these particles to infect other people and make them sick, making this virus spread very quickly.
After someone has been exposed to Norovirus, symptoms will suddenly begin to develop from within the first 12 to 48 hours of exposure.
The main symptoms of Norovirus are feeling sick and nauseous, diarrhoea and actually being sick (vomiting). Some sufferers, also experience a high temperature of 38C or above, a headache and aching arms and legs.
How to treat yourself from Norovirus?
Thankfully for many, you can treat symptoms of Norovirus in the comfort of your own home. One of the most important recommendations from the NHS is to ensure you rest and consume a lot of fluids. This is extremely important to ensure you avoid dehydration.
Many people who contract Norovirus suffer from dehydration. This can include a decrease in urination, feeling dizzy when you stand up or a dry throat and mouth. Therefore, it is extremely vital you remain hydrated when you have Norovirus.
Although Norovirus can be extremely unpleasant it usually subsides within 2 to 3 days. By then symptoms should start to ease and you should begin to feel a lot better.
Who does Norovirus affect?
Norovirus is an illness that you can get several times throughout your lifetime as there is many different variations of the illness.
People of any age can be infected and get sick with Norovirus.
How to prevent the spread of Norovirus?
In order to help the spread of Norovirus, it is important to wash your hands with soap and water to help stop the spread of the infection. It is worth noting that hand gels that contain alcohol do not kill Norovirus.
It is vital when you have Norovirus that you stay off school or work until your sickness and diarrhoea has 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.
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 keep everyone safe, especially from infections such as Norovirus.