Tips to Protect Yourself from Norovirus

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If you have never been infected with norovirus, chances are you will do it. In fact, norovirus is so common that most people will suffer many times in their lifetime.

Norovirus symptoms may be miserable and include diarrhea, vomiting, nausea, and stomach pain. Most people with the virus get better in 1-3 days, but this can lead to dehydration or more serious illness, especially in young children and older adults.

Every year 19 to 21 million people develop diarrhea and vomiting caused by norovirus. The norovirus season peaks in the United States during the winter months, although you can get sick at any time of the year.

You can contract norovirus by contacting a sick person, eating food or drinking fluids contaminated with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects contaminated with norovirus and then putting your finger in the mouth. stuffy.

Norovirus spreads rapidly, especially in places such as daycares, nursing homes, schools, and cruise ships. A tiny amount of virus on your food or your hands is enough to make you sick.

Currently, there is no vaccine to avoid getting sick of norovirus. However, you can take certain steps to protect yourself and others:

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water

Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water-

especially after using the toilet and changing diapers, and
always before eating, preparing or handling food.

Noroviruses can end up in your vomit or stool even before you feel sick. The virus can remain in your stool for 2 weeks or more after you feel better. So, it is important to continue to wash your hands often during this time.

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used in addition to handwashing. However, they should not replace the wash with water and soap.

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You must not prepare food for others or provide care while you are sick and for at least two days after stopping the symptoms. This also applies to sick workers in settings such as schools and daycares where they can expose people to noroviruses.

Cleaning and Disinfecting Contaminated Surfaces

After vomiting or diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces using a suitable disinfectant. Learn how to make a solution of bleach that can kill norovirus.

Washing fruits and vegetables and cooking seafood thoroughly

Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before preparing and eating. Cook oysters and other shells thoroughly before eating. Noroviruses can survive temperatures as high as 140 ° F and fast steaming processes that are often used for cooking shellfish. Foods that may be contaminated with norovirus should be eliminated.

Wash the linen carefully

Remove immediately and wash clothes or sheets that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. You should

handle soiled items carefully without shaking them,
wear rubber or disposable gloves when handling soiled items and wash your hands after, and
wash items with detergent at the maximum available cycle length, then machine dry.

Following these steps can help protect you and others against norovirus this season.

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