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Help stop the spread of norovirus

Norovirus is currently spreading through our hospitals, schools and workplaces. If you're unlucky enough to catch it, there's lots you can do to help yourself, and stop it spreading to others
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Norovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.

The main symptoms of norovirus are:

  • feeling sick (nausea)
  • diarrhoea
  • being sick (vomiting)

You may also have:

  • a high temperature of 38C or above
  • a headache
  • aching arms and legs

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

How to stop it spreading

Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days. Also avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time. This is when you're most infectious.

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don't kill norovirus.

Norovirus can spread very easily. You can catch norovirus from:

  • close contact with someone with norovirus
  • touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
  • eating food that's been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus. 

More information  on how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting.



18/02/2019