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How to prevent spreading norovirus

Washing hands

The season of norovirus is coming.

Copmanthorpe Primary School closed following a suspected norovirus outbreak on 26th November.

A City of York Council spokeswoman said:

“A full deep clean of the school buildings and equipment has been carried out and the incubation period has passed.

“It is vitally important for the elimination of this outbreak that children are not sent to school until they are 48 hours clear of any symptoms.

“The decision to close the school was taken following consultation with the council’s public health team and Public Health England.”

At this school, over 50 pupils and staff seemed to be affected by norovirus.

During this closing period, the school cleaned deeply its buildings and equipment to be carried out.

The next day, the school was restarted, but it announced that children are not sent to school until they have been free of indications for 48 hours.

Many people may suffer from norovirus this year.


What is norovirus?

It is a virus called the “winter vomiting bug”, and will bring symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting mainly.

Some people may also have a raised temperature, headaches and aching arms and legs.

If the viruses enter your mouth, they will be latent from a couple of hours to several days after that, some symptoms will happen on your body.

The feature is highly contagious and people will catch in spite of getting a few noroviruses.


How to avoid catching the virus?

The easiest way is washing your hands frequently with soap and water to prevailing.

Alcohol gel cannot kill the virus.

Hands is the one of the dirtiest part because we touch some thing which was touched by someone such as doorknobs, PC and clothes, then, some virus move on your hands and enter your mouth while eating.

It is good for you to wash your hands before eating and of course, after visiting the toilet.

Also, it is efficient to keep away from places possibly to catch viruses such as hospital.


If you catch norovirus?

NHS Vale of York Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

“Stay away from school or work until 48 hours after symptoms have ceased. If symptoms worsen or persist for more than 48 hours, contact your family doctor or take advice from NHS 111 and delay any visits to hospitals, care or nursing homes or schools until fully recovered and don’t visit people who are especially vulnerable to infection, such as elderly relatives.”

“Drink plenty of fluids and rest to prevent dehydration”CCG Said too.

The period which the symptoms occur is not so long but norovirus is spreading with sneezes so be careful after being better.