In the midst of the Covid pandemic, the United States is struggling with the Norovirus. Know the cause, symptoms, treatment

Amid declining coronavirus cases in the United States, another virus has begun attacking the country at a pre-pandemic level. The United States is witnessing an epidemic of “norovirus”, an insect responsible for the dreaded stomach flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Since early January, the number of weekly outbreaks has increased from less than 10 to over 50. There is no data to suggest that Norovirus outbreaks are linked to the omicron variant of the coronavirus. But it’s possible that the lifting of Covid restrictions will help the virus spread.

What is a Norovirus?

It is a highly contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea. You catch Norovirus by coming into contact with someone who already has the disease. The virus can enter the body by consuming contaminated water and food. Also, touching contaminated surfaces and putting your unwashed hands in your mouth could infect the person.

Norovirus symptoms:

There are six main symptoms of norovirus to watch out for: nausea, projectile vomiting, diarrhea, high temperature, excruciating abdominal pain, and aching limbs.

How can Norovirus be treated?

Norovirus cases can be treated at home and the infected person should avoid going outside for at least two days. Affected individuals should rest and drink plenty of fluids until the illness passes.

How to prevent Norovirus?

1. Practice good hand hygiene

2. Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly before preparing and eating them.

3. A person infected with norovirus should not prepare food for others as this can spread the virus.

4. Immediately remove and wash any clothing or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or feces.

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