Local schools and nurseries are reporting reduced attendances of not only children but also staff as the Winter Vomiting Bug, officially named Norovirus, spreads across the North West of England.

This virus is incredibly contagious, being spread through everyday contact with someone with Norovirus.  However, it is also caught by touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them.  Even simply holding shopping trolleys and petrol station pumps may therefore pose a risk!

Symptoms of Norovirus last up to three days and include:

  • Feeling sick (nausea)
  • Diarrhoea
  • High temperature and fever
  • Headaches
  • Aches and pains – particularly in arms and legs

As it is a viral infection, antibiotics don’t work. Instead, stay hydrated and, importantly, stay at home to prevent further spreading this highly contagious virus. Taking Paracetamol may reduce the discomfort – but always carefully read and follow the patient information leaflet before taking any medication.

However, remember that the best way forward is to prevent yourself from catching Norovirus.  The NHS says that alcohol-based gels don’t work.  Instead, they say that you should wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Colleagues and friends with the virus should stay off school and off work until they are well again to stop the spread of this nasty winter bug.  Take care this Winter.

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