Hospitals in England have closed greater than 1,100 beds because of a widespread outbreak of norovirus. That is double the quantity from final yr and in response to nationwide knowledge analysed by Public Well being England (PHE) the variety of constructive checks for the infamous winter vomiting bug between November 11 and 24 was 28 % larger than the five-year common for a similar interval.
Norovirus can unfold very simply and will be caught from:
- Shut contact with somebody with norovirus
- Touching surfaces or objects which have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
- Consuming meals that’s been ready or dealt with by somebody with norovirus
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“They are therefore urging those who catch the virus not to go back to work or school until at least 48 hours after symptoms pass, to avoid passing it on to others.”
Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS medical director, advised The Instances: “We’ve already seen quite a few hospitals and faculties affected by norovirus, and sadly cases like these are prone to rise over the approaching weeks.
“It’s a extremely disagreeable sickness to catch, however for the overwhelming majority of individuals it is going to normally move in a few days, and self-treating at house is one of the best ways to assist your self and keep away from placing others in danger.
“Crucially, if you’re experiencing norovirus symptoms it’s important that you don’t return to work or school for 48 hours after they clear and avoid visiting elderly or ill friends and relatives to avoid spreading it to other people.”
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