Every year the winter months bring chilly weather and Norovirus, the "winter vomiting bug"!
2018 - 19 is no exception and there have been a steady number of cases across the South East; with schools in the local area being largely affected.
Norovirus is the most common stomach bug in the UK and is highly contagious, causing vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant and usually goes away in about 2 days for most people BUT it can be serious if it spreads in hospitals or care homes so it's best to stay away for at least 48 hours after symptoms have stopped.
The best form of defence is hand hygiene - alcohol hand gels DON'T kill Norovirus. Washing your hands thoroughly, for about 20 seconds, should help stave off Norovirus this winter. Try washing your hands singing 'Happy Birthday' this winter season to prevent the spread of germs!
The main symptoms of Norovirus are:
You may also have:
The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected. Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days - this is when you're most infectious.
The virus can survive for days or even weeks on hard surfaces. Cleanliness is vital to stop it spreading so clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces as often as you can.