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Help stop the spread of Norovirus

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.

Unfortunately there is no specific cure and it's best to treat symptoms at home to help prevent further spread.

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Norovirus spreads very quickly through environments where lots of people are mingling closely, such as schools, nurseries, care homes and hospitals.

Please play your part in stopping the spread of norovirus this winter – just #Think NORO:

N     No visits to hospitals, care homes and GP surgeries if you are suffering from symptoms of norovirus - send someone else to visit loved ones until you are better

O     Once you’ve been symptom-free for at least 48 hours, you’re safe to return to work, school or visit hospitals and care home

R     Regularly wash your hands with soap and warm water, especially after using the toilet, and before eating or preparing food 

O     Only hand-washing will prevent spread of norovirus - alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus

If you are concerned about your symptoms, or need further advice on how to manage an illness please consult your GP or NHS 111 in the normal way.

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.

More information  on how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting.


29/01/2020