Help Stop the Spread of Norovirus

Norovirus PosterNorovirus, sometimes known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK, affecting people of all ages.

The virus, which is highly contagious, causes vomiting and diarrhoea. As there is no specific cure, you have to let it run its course, but it should not last more than a couple of days. Getting norovirus cannot always be avoided, but good hygiene can help to limit the virus spreading.

Follow this advice to help stop the virus spreading:

  • Wash your hands frequently and thoroughly with soap and water, particularly after using the toilet and before preparing food.
  • Do not share towels and flannels.
  • Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be contaminated with the virus. It is best to use a bleach-based household cleaner.
  • Wash any clothing or bedding that could have become contaminated with the virus. Wash the items separately and on a hot wash to ensure that the virus is killed.
  • Flush away any infected faeces or vomit in the toilet and clean the surrounding toilet area.
  • Avoid eating raw, unwashed produce and only eat oysters from a reliable source. Oysters have been known to carry the norovirus.

If you have norovirus, the following steps should help ease your symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.
  • If you feel like eating, eat foods that are easy to digest.
  • Stay at home and don't go to the doctor, because norovirus is contagious and there is nothing the doctor can do while you have it.
  • However, contact your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness.

You can find out more about Norovirus here.