A Norovirus Outbreak is growing nationwide, according to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. The highly contagious virus causes the stomach flu. Right now, cases of the virus have been reported in 13 states including Alabama, Connecticut, and Virginia.
Norovirus traditionally has a season from November to April, and we are in the midst of it now.”
Dr. Amesh Adalja – Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
In addition to pointing out that this year is following a typical pattern, Dr. Adalja told Everyday Health norovirus cases have returned to pre-pandemic levels. Like many other viruses, cases of stomach flu dropped as COVID-19 cases spiked.
Doctors say if you catch stomach flu the onset of symptoms is quick. The most common symptoms reported in Norovirus Outbreaks are:
Despite the quick onset of symptoms, Doctors say most patients recover within 48 hours. However, some patients experience complications and require hospitalization. The CDC says vulnerable populations like senior citizens or those with weak immune system are likely to be hit harder by the virus. The stomach flu can cause serious dehydration and even death in severe cases.
Protect Your Property Against Norovirus Outbreaks
Dr. Amesh Adalja emphasizes even the healthiest person can get infected during a Norovirus Outbreak. The virus is highly contagious It most often spreads via food or water contaminated with norovirus. However, it also spreads by touching contaminated surfaces or objects and then putting your fingers in your mouth. Properties with COVID-19 precautions still in place can help reduce the spread of norovirus. The CDC also says following these steps helps prevent a norovirus outbreak in your office.
Wash your hands frequently with soap and warm water, especially after using the bathroom or before eating or preparing food.
Hand Sanitizers don’t work well against norovirus and should not substitute for hand washing.
Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with noroviruses such as countertops, doorknobs, and toilets.
If you or another staff member is sick, STAY HOME! It is important to avoid close contact with others if you suspect you have norovirus.