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Winter Vomiting Disease and The Novovirus

preventing norovirus infection

The novovirus is more commonly referred to as winter vomiting disease. It is a vile stomach bug that can affect people of all ages and like the name says, it can cause terrible vomiting in addition to diarrhea. The novovirus is incredibly contagious and there is currently no cure for the disease. Those who are infected are advised to drink plenty of fluids and let it run its course. Although winter vomiting disease is extremely unpleasant, it is generally not dangerous and can be prevented.

Novovirus Symptoms
The first novovirus symptom is a sick feeling that comes on suddenly followed by watery diarrhea and violent vomiting. The novovirus symptoms usually occur around two days after infection and can also be accompanied by:
• Stomach cramps
• A headache
• A high temperature
• Aching Limbs

After experiencing the novovirus symptoms for two days most people go on to make a full recovery. Whilst the symptoms of this vomiting bug are severe the good news is they are not long lasting. One side effect that the winter vomiting disease can lead to is dehydration so if you or someone you know is suffering, make sure to take in enough fluids. This is especially crucial in the elderly and young children.

Novovirus Treatment
There is no specific novovirus treatment as most people who suffer from the disease will recover naturally within two days of the first symptoms appearing. Unless you are elderly or a young child, you generally will not need to see your doctor unless you suffer any complications. Like said above, it is highly important to stay hydrated in order to prevent any problems from occurring. Try and eat foods that are easy to digest to lessen the violent sickness that accompanies the winter vomiting disease.

Novovirus Prevention
Catching the novovirus cannot always be prevented however there are a few things that you can do to lower the risk. These generally revolve around preventing germs from spreading so be sure to wash your hands after using the toilet and before preparing food, and wash anything that may have come into contact with the virus. If you are suffering from the novovirus try and avoid people as much as possible whilst experiencing the symptoms (and for 48 hours after) and do not prepare food for anyone else. If you have a child or a baby who is suffering from the novovirus, you are advised to keep them off school or out of nursery until they have been free of the symptoms for 48 hours. Try and stay away from hospitals and doctor’s surgeries during this time too as these are places where the disease can be easily spread.

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