Norovirus is a contagious virus that can cause stomach or intestine inflammation. It usually causes symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. It is also known as the “stomach flu” or “stomach bug,” but it is unrelated to the flu.
Concerning the Norovirus
Symptoms usually appear between 12 and 48 hours after exposure. Most people will recover in 1-3 days. Data from the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) show a significant increase in reports of confirmed norovirus cases.
According to laboratory reports, the virus is causing 66% more cases than usual this time of year. Furthermore, the most significant increase in laboratory-confirmed norovirus was in people 65 and older. Chances are also on the rise in the United States. As of February 4, 17 percent of norovirus tests in the United States were positive, which was higher than at any point during the previous season.
Simple hygiene measures can help you avoid becoming infected with norovirus. Ensure to wash your hands with soap and water thoroughly. After using the toilet or changing diapers, you should wash your hands. Always wash your hands before eating, preparing, or handling food. Also, follow this before administering medication to yourself or someone else.
According to the US CDC, hand sanitizer does not work well against norovirus. So, handwashing should always be preferred. Further, ensure cleaning and disinfecting surfaces in your house and wash laundry thoroughly.