Flu Season VS. All Ya’ll
After the holidays, you may have returned to work only to discover several of your coworkers are sick. The odds are, the festive season got to them. Holiday gatherings are known to spread germs, but this year the Norovirus is spreading faster than usual. The number of outbreaks is 67% higher than average.
The bug, which leaves victims vomiting and running to the toilet, spreads very quickly because it’s contagious for a prolonged period. You are contagious for 48 hours after your symptoms have subsided. This is a huge problem because many people assume they are better prematurely and go back to work or out in public. While you may feel better, you’re still presenting a hazard to others.
The winter months are the worst when it comes to getting sick. For one thing, your immune system may be weaker during the colder months. This is also the season for large parties inside, where the heat is on, making it easier for viruses to spread from person to person.
To raise awareness of the virus, it’s a good thing to know what the symptoms are:
- Sudden onset of nausea
- Projectile vomiting
- High temperature
- Abdominal pain
- Aching limbs
When you conclude that you do have the Norovirus there is no antibiotic or specific treatment for it. Until these symptoms subside, make sure you rehydrate yourself and continue to do so.
Good hygiene is your best defense against getting sick. Soap and water are much more effective against the virus than alcohol sanitizing gels. The next best thing you can do is avoid anyone who may be suffering from it.
If you have recovered from the Norovirus, be sure to clean and disinfect the toilet and surrounding areas you used while sick. Clean and disinfect the surfaces in your bathroom and kitchen. It’s also a good idea to disinfect your office area. Do not share any towels and launder all sheets, clothing, and bedding in hot water.