It was December in 2012, where I caught, which many people can easily catch called “Norovirus”. I first never knew what it was but it was something that I will never forget. I just wanted to share exactly what norovirus is and what it does when someone gets infected.
The Norovirus is an infection that causes and forces you to vomit, have diarrhea, nausea, and have abdominal pain. It is very easy to catch, highly contagious, and spreads very quickly. It is easy transferred from one person to the next. People who have norovirus are most contagious when they are sick but can still transfer the virus even three days after they have recovered from the worst of the symptoms.
The Norvirus is often called a stomach bug in which, people most often highly-catch it inside nursing homes, dirty bathrooms, day care centers and, cruise ships. These symptoms typically last one to three days. Other symptoms include a fever, chills, coughing, headache and body aches.
Norovirus is not the same as the flu. It’s easy for people with these symptoms to be confused that may believe they have food poisoning or the stomach flu. You can also get sick eating any food a person with the virus has touched. You can get also get the norovirus from eating contaminated food. Most common contaminated foods are fresh fruit, shellfish, or any other raw foods. Any food served raw or handled by an infected person after being cooked can get contaminated. Food can also be easily contaminated if it has been sitting out for hours, such as places on a buffet.
There is no medicine or vaccine to help treat norovirus, but most people recover fully without treatment. However, it is very important for people who have norovirus to take plenty of fluids, especially water, hot tea, soup, and rest.
Ways you can help prevent norovirus is do not share food or utensils with people who are sick. Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially before preparing or handling food and after using the bathroom. Be aware that hand sanitizers “WILL NOT” help.
If someone around you is sick, be sure to wipe down any surfaces they touch with bleach. Also wipe down thoroughly around the toilet and places in the bathroom where others use most.
Make sure to wash an infected person’s clothes thoroughly. Be sure to change someone’s sheets and towels as soon A.S.A.P if someone gets sick in bed, etc.
Although norovirus is very easy to catch and spreads super fast, everyone still needs to be aware about the real effects and how it is catchable.