When Norovirus strikes your home, you can prepare yourself by getting the supplies you need to clean up immediately after a loved one has vomited or has had diarrhea.
Norovirus is a tiny microbe that spreads quickly and easily. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that occur suddenly. A very small amount of norovirus can make you sick. The number of virus particles that fit on the head of a pin is enough to infect more than 1,000 people.
You can get the norovirus if poo or vomit from an infected person enters your mouth. You can get it by:
Take care of a person infected with the norovirus, then touch his hands to his mouth
Eat food or drink fluids contaminated with norovirus
Touch surfaces or objects with norovirus and then put your hands in your mouth
Clean the splash!
Vomiting and diarrhea are messy, especially with noroviruses. If you get sick of norovirus, drops of vomit or poo can splash several feet in all directions.
It is extremely important to clean the entire area immediately after you or someone else vomits or has diarrhea. You must be very careful not to miss drops of vomit or shit that you can not see.
If you find yourself in this situation, follow these steps from beginning to end to protect other people against norovirus:
Step 2 – Wipe out vomit and poop with paper towels and throw them away
Step 3 – Thoroughly clean all surfaces with a bleach cleaner, or make your own solution (¾ cup of bleach and 1 gallon of water)
Step 4 – Clean all surfaces again with hot water and soap
Step 5 – Take off your gloves, throw them away and take out the trash
Step 6 – Wash all items of laundry that may contain vomit or shit with hot water and soap
Step 7 – Wash your hands with soap and water
Complete cleaning helps prevent norovirus outbreaks
Cleansing immediately after a person with norovirus vomits or has diarrhea prevents others from getting sick and prevents outbreaks of norovirus. It is important that everyone knows the cleaning steps and other ways to prevent norovirus .
CDCs and local and state health departments help educate health care providers and the general public about noroviruses and how to prevent them. Learn more about how health services, CDCs and other agencies are working to prevent and stop norovirus outbreaks .