Norovirus

What You Need to Know

Norovirus is starting to make its way through the U.S. and Canada.  Unlike most viruses that take 10 to 21 days to develop in your body before you become aware of symptoms Norovirus can infect you in the morning and you may begin showing symptoms by evening.  Norovirus is a fast growing virus and it takes very few of the microscopic cells to cause you to become ill and unlike most viruses that die off quickly if they do not find a host Norovirus can live for days on surfaces.

Please be aware of possible symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, cramping, and fever.  Symptoms typically last 24 to 72 hours. If you experience these symptoms refrain from going into public places as the virus spreads quickly. This virus can be especially dangerous to people with compromised immune systems such as the elderly, children and those with other medical conditions. 

You can help stop the spread by washing your hands frequently for at least 30 seconds using hot water.  In a pinch you can use hand sanitizer but again you must rub vigorously for 30 seconds and make sure to clean all surfaces of your hand (Between fingers, nails, nail beds) but hand sanitizer does not take the place of handwashing.  Clean surfaces regularly and stay away from others if you have these symptoms.

Here’s to hoping we all keep healthy.