NASTY bugs abound during the winter months, so it’s important to know their signs that will leave you with the most debilitating symptoms.
Norovirus is a common, highly contagious disease and is often referred to as the ‘winter vomiting bug’.
It can be uncomfortable and those who are unfortunate enough to get it will often experience vomiting and/or diarrhea.
When kids return to school earlier this month, it’s important to watch out for the norovirus as it’s more common in the winter months and can flare up in schools.
In an update from the NHS on 7 January, it was found that almost 3,000 emergency and critical care beds in general were closed due to Covid or norovirus.
But the most recent data from the UK Health Security Agency shows norovirus cases are still below the five-year average.
With Covid cases still on the rise across the UK, Britons must be on high alert for a different kind of illness.
But what are the symptoms of norovirus and how long does it last? Here’s what you need to know about this nasty virus…
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and is also known as the “winter vomiting bug”, although it can affect people all year round.
It is very uncomfortable but it usually goes away on its own after a few days.
Dr Lesley Larkin, Head of Surveillance, Gastrointestinal Infections and Food Safety, UK Health Security Agency, said: “Practicing good hygiene is vital to preventing the spread of infection. belong to norovirus infection.
“This includes washing hands with soap and warm water often and thoroughly, especially after using the bathroom or when sick and before eating or preparing food.”
What are the symptoms of norovirus?
According to the NHS website, you are more likely to get norovirus if you feel suddenly ill, vomit from bullets, and have watery diarrhea.
The main symptoms are:
- Feeling nauseous (nausea)
- Sick (vomiting)
You may also have:
- High temperature
- Hands and feet hurt
Dr. Larkin adds: “If you are sick, drink plenty of fluids during that time to prevent dehydration, especially in the very young, the elderly, or those with weakened immunity.
“People with diarrhea and vomiting should not return to work or send unwell children to school until at least 48 hours after symptoms have cleared, and ideally also should not prepare food during this time.” this.
“We advise people with symptoms to avoid GP surgeries and hospitals, however if they are concerned they should speak to their GP by phone or by contacting NHS 111 or visiting NHS Choices norovirus webpage. ”
How long do norovirus symptoms last?
Norovirus symptoms usually begin 12 to 48 hours after infection with the tick.
Most people will start to feel better after two to three days.
The NHS says: “Stay off school or work until you haven’t been sick or have diarrhea for at least two days. This is when you’re most contagious.
“Do not visit hospitals or care homes during this time.”
There are some unfortunate cases where the virus can survive in the gut for weeks – or even months.
And you should get advice by dialing 111 if you’re still vomiting after two days or have diarrhea for more than seven days.
The same goes for children, and it’s important to watch out for signs of dehydration, especially if this is not remedied with oral rehydration packs.
Call 999 if you or your child has an illness that has blood in it, which is green or yellow or looks like ground coffee. The NHS says signs like a stiff neck, pain when looking at lights or a sudden severe headache or stomach ache also call for 999.
How is Norovirus spread?
The virus spreads easily around public places and is transmitted when a small particle of an infected person’s vomit or stool gets into another person’s mouth.
That sounds a bit gross and unlikely but it can happen – especially when you touch a contaminated surface and then put your hand in your mouth – or if you eat food that has been contaminated.
You can also get sick if you are around an infected person and they breathe in you.
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