Norovirus is a viral tummy bug which can spread quickly and easily between people, particularly in settings such as care homes, schools and nurseries and between colleagues in the workplace. The symptoms include sudden onset diarrhoea and vomiting.
There is no treatment for Norovirus – it is a self-limiting infection, lasting between 12 and 48 hours and the main symptoms are diarrhoea and / or vomiting.
To help limit the spread of Norovirus, you are advised to:-
• Stay at home until you are feeling better.
• Keep away from other people as you may pass the infection on.
• Avoid A&E or your GP surgery unless absolutely necessary. Phone NHS 111 for advice.
• Avoid people in hospitals or care homes as you could infect patients and residents.
• Ensure personal hygiene is maintained, in particular that hands are washed frequently with soap and water – alcohol hand gel is ineffective against Norovirus.
• Avoid food preparation for other people until free of symptoms for 48 hours.
• Drink plenty of fluids to replace fluids lost and get plenty of rest.
• If symptoms persist for more than 48 hours you should call your GP or NHS 111 for advice.
If you are living in the same household as someone who has symptoms:
• Wash your hands frequently when cleaning up after someone who has been ill.
• Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with a household cleaning product.
• Wash any items of clothing, bedding, or towels that could have been contaminated on a separate hot wash, to ensure the virus is killed.
Further information is also available on the NHS choices website (www.nhs.uk)