There are indications that norovirus, also known as the ‘winter vomiting bug’, is circulating within the community currently, so we are urging everyone to take extra precautions to protect themselves and others from catching and spreading the virus.
Norovirus is a highly contagious stomach bug. The main symptoms are:
- feeling sick (nausea)
- being sick (vomiting)
You may also have:
- a high temperature of 38C or above
- a headache
- aching arms and legs
The symptoms start suddenly within 1-2 days of being infected. NHS advice is to stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days to prevent the spread of infection. Also avoid visiting your GP surgery or hospital during this time, as well as care homes.
Most people will make a full recovery within 1-2 days, but it is important to drink plenty of fluids during that time to prevent dehydration, especially in the very young, elderly or those with weakened immunity. Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. If you are concerned, follow the NHS guidance, or call NHS 111, or talk to your GP by phone.
There is also very useful guidance on health protection in schools and other childcare facilities on the GOV.UK website