Norovirus is a horrible stomach bug which typically claims more victims during the winter months than any other time of the year.
While practicing good hygiene is a great way to prevent yourself from catching norovirus, unfortunately, if others aren’t doing this, they can easily pass it on to you. In order to speed up your own recovery and avoid contaminating others, what should you do if you catch the bug?
When you’re really ill, it’s natural to want to go to the doctor so they can prescribe you some medicine. Try to avoid doing this however because by coming into contact with others, you’re putting them at risk too.
Norovirus will naturally clear up after a few days but if you really do need something to help you get through it, ask a friend or family member to pop to the pharmacy for you. If you’re really worried about your symptoms, phone your GP and they will be able to advise whether or not you need immediate medical attention.
Once your symptoms have cleared, stay at home for at least 48 hours because you can still be contagious at this time.
While there is no cure for norovirus, there are a number of things you can do to help yourself get through the worst of it. Get plenty of rest and remember to drink lots of fluids to avoid becoming seriously dehydrated. You will need to drink more than usual to replace any fluids lost and as well as water, adults can also try fruit juice and soup. Avoid giving fizzy drinks and fruit juice to children however because it can make their symptoms worse.
If you feel like eating, try to stick to plain foods which won’t upset your stomach further. Some great examples include soup, rice, pasta and bread.
If you have a fever, aches and pains or you’ve developed a headache because of dehydration, paracetamol should help to alleviate the symptoms.
If you’re showing the signs of dehydration (dry mouth or dark urine), try special rehydration drinks. These usually come in sachets and can be bought from any pharmacy.
If you’re really struggling, you can take antidiarrhoeal or anti-vomiting medication. These are usually only suitable for adults however and not everyone can take them so make sure you read the leaflet or speak to the pharmacist before taking them.
To prevent spreading bacteria across your home and to others who are living there, wash your hands regularly with soap and warm water. Even if you don’t have the virus, you should still do this to avoid catching it in the first place. This is especially important after using the bathroom and before preparing food.
Unfortunately, outbreaks of norovirus can occur anywhere. From hospitals and schools to restaurants and your place of work, the risks are everywhere. If you run a business and even just one person comes down with the virus, you need to act quickly if you want to prevent it spreading further.
Rentokil Specialist Hygiene can respond immediately to cases like this and contain the outbreak. As well as our Restore24 Package, we can also carry out prevention methods so you can avoid the bug hitting your premises in the first place. Please feel free to contact us if you would like further information about norovirus, how we can contain it and protect against it.