Norovirus- The Stomach Bug Strikes

March 6, 2023

By: Dr. Eric Levene, Chester Pediatrics

We have finally seen the slowing of influenza, but now the “stomach virus” strikes. Right now, Norovirus is running rampant. Norovirus causes stomach pain, vomiting and diarrhea, and sometimes fevers. Norovirus outbreaks can happen any time of the year but usually peak in February and March.

Norovirus is very infectious. The virus can live on surfaces for weeks. It is usually spread by direct contact, such as touching contaminated surfaces such as handrails, doorknobs, and skin and then touching your mouth. You can also be infected by food touched by the bare hands of an infected individual. This virus is so contagious that one only needs to be infected by a few of the virus particulars to get sick. Worse yet, you can spread the illness before you have symptoms for up to two weeks after the symptoms resolve.

There are no vaccines for Norovirus. The best way to protect yourself and your family is to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water (for children, try encouraging them to sing the happy birthday song, when it is over, they can rinse). Hand sanitizer may not be the best option. The best cleaning method is using a bleach-containing solution on contaminated surfaces like doorknobs and handles. If using a dishwasher, use the longest cycle possible, and for clothes, wash all linens well.

Good luck, and “may the odds be ever in your favor.”

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