Norovirus- What it is and how it affects you
The norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can spread through contaminated food or water, or by coming into contact with surfaces or objects contaminated with the virus. Recently, there has been a surge in reported cases of norovirus in the United States, causing concern for public health officials. One school in Long Beach, CA had a total shutdown as there were 136 reported cases. According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there have been more than 1,000 reported outbreaks of norovirus in the United States so far this year. This is a significant increase compared to the same time period in previous years. The outbreaks have been reported in schools, nursing homes, hospitals, and other community settings.
The symptoms of norovirus include vomiting, diarrhea, stomach cramps, and fever. These symptoms can last for several days, and the virus can be particularly dangerous for children, the elderly, and people with weakened immune systems. Public health officials are urging people to take precautions to prevent the spread of norovirus. This includes washing hands regularly with soap and water, avoiding contact with people who are sick, and disinfecting surfaces that may be contaminated with the virus. It is also important to stay home from work or school if you are experiencing symptoms of norovirus. Overall, the recent surge in norovirus cases in the United States highlights the importance of practicing good hygiene and taking steps to prevent the spread of contagious illnesses. By following these guidelines, we can all do our part to protect ourselves and our communities from the spread of norovirus and other infectious diseases.