Just after the holidays, as the flu virus become more aggressive, the stomach virus also wreak havoc, affecting more people this year.
Caused by the norovirus, the disease is also known as the stomach flu. However, it has nothing with influenza. Flu virus is a respiratory infection while the stomach one affects the gut and intestines.
As the cases of flu patients continue to pile up this season as reported earlier, norovirus also become more predominant among families as it is a highly contagious disease.
People can easily get it the same way they get influenza. In family gatherings, norovirus easily affects people as it is also transmitted through physical contact.
Furthermore, the disease is also swiftly spread by touching common inanimate objects such as door knob, light switches, counters, and others.
According to the Washington Post, the symptoms of the stomach virus are vomiting, chills, fever, diarrhea, dehydration, and abdominal pain. Once it sets, it is usually brutal, sending people grabbing for the bucket as they vomit nonstop during the first day.
Since it is highly contagious, outbreaks and epidemics are usually anticipated as it also affects doctors and health workers. Children are the common victims, spreading the disease in schools, and daycares.
The virus have also spread across New York city and that it has gotten so bad that all health workers are required to wear masks and get their shots to protect from the virus, the Salamanca Press reports.
According to disease experts, the spread of norovirus can easily be managed just as long people remember to wash their hands regularly, before and after touching contaminated things. They should also avoid putting their hands on their mouths.
Hand sanitation is very important, so is food sanitation. People who show the symptoms of the virus should keep from preparing food. Meat and seafood should be also thoroughly cooked, and fruits properly washed.
Also, immediate removal and proper disposal of diapers, linens, and other materials that are contaminated with the stool or vomit of the patient helps in curbing the spread.
On the bright side, the symptoms last only for 2 to 3 days. There is no need for antibiotics. Proper rest and hydration are the most common treatment for the stomach virus.