norovirus disease -What Are norovirus? Causes, Symptoms, and Treatment
What is norovirus?
Norovirus is a virus sometimes called the “winter vomiting virus” that is spread
very easily and quickly from one person to another. Although it is known as the virus of the
winter vomiting, you can get it any time of the year. It is the most common cause of
infectious diarrhea in Ireland and most other countries. It can be contagious
easily and quickly anywhere where people live together, for example, in hotels, cruise ships,
nursing homes and hospitals.
What are the symptoms of a norovirus infection?
The disease is often called “vomiting sickness” because people can
getting sick very suddenly and having severe vomiting. Most people get sick
usually within a day or two of coming into contact with the virus. The virus does not affect
everyone in the same way. Some people just have diarrhea, others have diarrhea and vomiting.
Some people may feel a bit out of shape and lose their appetite; others feel that
they will vomit but never really vomit. Other symptoms are stomach pain and cramps,
aches, pains and little energy. The disease can make you feel very weak, but usually
Generally, you start to feel better in a day or two. Some people who get
norovirus infections do not get sick at all.
This disease is very common in the community and most people do not need to see
a doctor. They should stay home, drink plenty of fluids, and will generally stay better in a
day or two Very few people need hospital treatment, but the infection can be very
severe for a small number of people who were already very sick before they contracted the
What is the treatment for norovirus?
Norovirus infection usually clears up on its own in a couple of days. drink a lot
clear liquids such as water, lemonade, and rehydration drinks can help replace
fluids lost through diarrhea and vomiting. Because the infection is a virus, antibiotics
they do not work on norovirus. Sometimes antibiotics can cause side effects, such as diarrhea. This means that you will be better off without antibiotics unless you need them for some other
How can I reduce the spread of norovirus?
Norovirus spreads very easily. There are billions of virus germs in the vomit and
the diarrhea. The virus reaches hands, tables, food and drink, etc. The norovirus even
It can spread in the air. People with norovirus infection can still transmit the
virus for at least two days after feeling completely better.
If you have a norovirus infection at home, stay there. Besides anyone who
live in your home, ask people to stay away from the house while you are
sick (unless there is someone you need to help you).
Do not visit people in the hospital or nursing home and do not prepare food for the
people if you have diarrhea or vomiting because you could give them the Norovirus. If, for some reason,
If you need to go to a hospital emergency room, be sure to tell the emergency room staff
reception who has vomiting and diarrhea.
Wash your hands well with soap and water, especially after using the bathroom. Use a towel for
separated during illness. Try not to prepare food and drink for anyone else until
has felt fine for two days. If you are vomiting and have diarrhea, stay near the toilet or
keep a bowl or bowl handy so you can keep most of the virus germs in
in the toilet or bowl. Try to keep the toilet rim, flush and seat clean.
Always close the toilet lid when flushing to reduce the spread of the virus. If you vomit in
the floor or furniture in your home, use hot water and detergent to clean. wash well
You should take leave from work and, in general, avoid hanging out with other people until you have
been fine for 48 hours. This is particularly important for people who work
in health care, child care or food preparation. Do not visit a hospital or home
elderly until you have stopped vomiting and having diarrhea for 48 hours, as it could
cause a norovirus outbreak. If your child has had vomiting or diarrhea, they should not go to school or
nursery until she has stopped vomiting and diarrhea for 48 hours.
How long will I have norovirus?
You could carry the norovirus for weeks or months after you get better, but the increased risk of
spread is while you are sick and during the first two days after you feel better.
After you’ve been fine for two days, you can go back to normal. For all the
people at all times, washing your hands thoroughly after using the bathroom is an important step
to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses.
Should I go to the doctor if I have norovirus?
You should get medical attention if you have diarrhea that does not go away for several days. Also, call your
doctor if you experience very severe vomiting, blood in your stools (poop), headache,
stomach or dehydration. Call your GP to tell them you have norovirus, and
They will try to reduce the chance of spreading the norovirus into the operating room.
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