Frequently Asked Questions
Norovirus is an extremely infectious virus that causes gastroenteritis, an inflammation of the gut and intestines, and makes people sick with loose stool, nausea, and/or stomach discomfort. Although the virus has certain symptoms in common with the flu, it is unrelated to the illness.
Norovirus is caused by a member of the Caliciviridae virus family which causes gastroenteritis, a condition that occurs due to inflammation of the stomach and intestines resulting in symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, and/or diarrhea in affected individuals.
Norovirus can be acquired by means of:
- Consuming food that has been handled by a person who has the Norovirus after being in close contact with them in any way, including by providing care, and/or sharing utensils for eating food.
- Eating or drinking food or beverages that have been infected with the virus.
- Placing your unclean hands in your mouth after interacting with Norovirus-contaminated surfaces or objects.
The following are a few measures that can be followed to lower the chance of contracting the Norovirus, which includes:
- Frequent hand washing with soap and water.
- Consuming fruits and vegetables after it is thoroughly washed.
- Ensuring the food is properly prepared.
- especially when it comes to seafood or shellfish.
- Staying away from those who are infected with the Norovirus.
- Sanitizing and cleaning commonly touched goods and surfaces.
- Washing the garments/clothes in-depth, particularly if they’re dirty.