This wasn’t my intended blog post for this week, but due to unforeseen circumstances I.e. being hit with the worst possible case of the Norovirus, I haven’t been able to leave my bed and actually go out and take pictures for the post I was planning to do.
For more information on Norovirus, read the information below or simply type into Google Norovirus or Winter Vomiting Bug.
Norovirus (vomiting bug)
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.
Check if you have norovirus
The main symptoms of norovirus are:
• feeling sick (nausea)
• being sick (vomiting)
You may also have:
• a high temperature of 38C or above
• a headache
• aching arms and legsThe symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.
How to treat norovirus yourself:
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.
You should start to feel better in a day or two.
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.
How norovirus is spread
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
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.