You’ve definitely heard of the stomach flu, and you’re probably more familiar with the virus than you’d like to be. Norovirus is a yearly, common virus that usually sweeps the nation every winter season. Its best friend, influenza, is equally as eager to make you feel under the weather. However, there are many ways to prevent influenza that don’t quite work towards preventing norovirus, which is why it spreads so rapidly. Because it mutates so quickly, there’s no vaccine–and over 200,000 people die every year from norovirus. To learn more about this potentially deadly stomach bug, read on.
Fact #1: It doesn’t go down easily.
With the flu, you probably know to wash your hands thoroughly. It’s a good idea to get a flu vaccine, and to keep your hands away from your mouth and eyes. Likewise, you might have a bottle of hand sanitizer sitting around for the purpose of eradicating the virus. But norovirus is not so easily swayed; in fact, hand sanitizer doesn’t work at all. Alcohol doesn’t even affect the norovirus. Washing hands thoroughly and completely is an important step in preventing the virus from spreading, especially if you work in the food industry; norovirus is mainly spread by the fecal-oral route.
Fact #2: You’re still contagious.
This isn’t much different from the flu; norovirus is still being produced inside the body, even when you are symptomless. So, you may feel fine after a violent bout of the virus, but you can still infect others. Going to work after you get sick might not be the best idea. Likewise, going to work when you work in particularly sensitive areas such as restaurants, assisted living facilities, daycare centers, and retail stores may make it easier for the virus to spread to hundreds of people.
Fact #3: Symptoms show right away.
You’ve probably heard that the cold and flu take a while to show themselves. Anywhere from two days to a week is usually the time it takes before you start feeling the symptoms. But, with norovirus, it won’t be subtle. Between six and twelve hours, symptoms will start to show. That’s because norovirus multiplies extremely rapidly once it enters the body. At least that means you’ll feel better, faster!
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