The health authorities of the UK
are on high alert after learning outbreaks of norovirus, a highly contagious disease that is also known as’the vomiting virus’.
They revealed that norovirus cases are increasing dramatically in educational settings such as kindergartens and schools. In the last 5 weeks, health authorities have reported 154 outbreaks.
This highly contagious disease can cause vomiting and diarrhea for a couple of days. Norovirus spreads easily when you have contact with other infected people or with a surface that is contaminated, authorities say.
“Norovirus, commonly known as the winter vomiting virus, has been at lower than normal levels during the pandemic, with fewer opportunities to spread among people in the community, but as restrictions have been eased, we have seen an increase in cases in all age groups”, Said the professor Saheer Gharbia, Deputy Director of the UK National Infection Service.
To prevent the spread of this virus, people who have experienced symptoms should rest, not go to work, or send children to school. Activities can be resumed only 48 hours after the discomfort has completely disappeared.
Keep your hands clean, wash them constantly with soap and water. Antibacterial gels don’t kill norovirus, experts say.
And they add that if a contaminated person vomited on a surface, that must be disinfected with a combination of hypochlorite with hot water.
Likewise, infected patients should avoid cooking or coming into contact with food that will be ingested by other people.
According to the recommendations that are being reinforced in the United Kingdom, the clothes of sick patients should be washed with detergent and water at 60 degree centigrade.
Experts say that norovirus outbreaks may increase in the coming days with the relaxation of COVID-19 measures.