In many countries of the world, the increasing cases of corona infection once again and the fear of a third wave, remain a cause of concern for the people. It is being claimed in many reports that the third wave of corona may be even more contagious. The whole world is still facing the wrath of Corona that meanwhile, the increasing cases of norovirus in England have increased the concern of health organizations. There have been about 154 cases of norovirus in England so far. Public Health England (PHE) said in a recent report that routine surveillance shows an increase in the number of norovirus cases over the past few weeks. The increasing cases of norovirus can cause serious problems amid the ongoing infection of the corona.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain can be common symptoms of norovirus. Contact your doctor immediately if you experience such problems. Let us know in detail about the norovirus, which is considered highly contagious, in the following slides.
What is norovirus?
Norovirus is also known as the 'winter leaving bug'. Norovirus is a virus of the Caliciviridae family. This virus may be responsible for 50 percent of cases of gastroenteritis outbreaks worldwide. According to scientists, there are frequent genetic changes in norovirus. For this reason, a person can be infected more than once in a lifetime.
According to the CDC, norovirus causes gastroenteritis in 19-21 million people in the US each year. Due to this disease, about 70 thousand people need to be hospitalized in America every year, of which 700-800 people die. Norovirus usually causes infection during the winter months, although it can occur at any time of the year.
What are the symptoms of norovirus infection?
According to health experts, nausea-nausea can be the most common symptom in people who have the infection. As the infection progresses, people may experience a variety of other problems.
vomiting stomach pain
feeling weak and lethargic
fever and chills
pain in the body, especially the head
According to the CDC, these symptoms can usually last for 1-3 days in people. Some people may have diarrhea for more than 3 days.
How is norovirus infection spread?
Experts say that people who come in contact with the stool and vomit of an infected person may be at risk of this infection. Everyone is forbidden from drinking contaminated food and water to prevent norovirus. In such times, people should take special care of cleanliness. Norovirus can survive at temperatures up to 60 °C. In marine areas, most people can get an infection from eating shellfish.
What is the treatment for norovirus infection?
According to experts, there is no specific medicine to cure norovirus infection. Patients are advised to consume more and more fluids so that they can be saved from the problem of dehydration. Those who are complaining of infection are advised to fast or have a light meal. The diet should include foods that are easy to digest, such as rice, bread, soup, and pasta. The doctor may prescribe certain medicines to reduce the symptoms of the patients.
What to do to stay safe from norovirus infection?
According to the CDC, it is very important to take care of cleanliness to stay safe from this type of infection. Take special care of hand hygiene. If there is a norovirus infection in someone around, then keep a distance from him. Do not use the toilet used by the infected. The spread of norovirus can be reduced by using social distancing. This advice is especially relevant for people who are infected with norovirus.
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Norovirus is a very contagious virus
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