In the last 2 decades, Norovirus has become a real issue. Even though it is commonly called the winter vomiting bug, it can challenge our lives several times throughout the year.
Norovirus – what is that?
One of the most common reasons for seeking medical help in the winter is food poisoning or acute infectious poisoning. Common food poisoning will make itself felt after 4-6 hours, but will disappear without a trace in a few days and will not transfer to another person. Acute intestinal infection can occur right after the 1st interaction with the Norovirus carrier.
The causative agent, Norovirus, is very contagious, so everyone who comes into contact with the carrier will be at risk right away. Using the same dishes, share the meal, even merely sitting next to the infected person. This virus can cause a severe epidemic, as we discussed in previous posts. Norovirus is most dangerous for children, elderly people, pregnant women, or people with immunodeficiency or physically weakened,
They struggle with the symptoms is not an easy story to share. There are no specific signs. However, most of the patients will typically report diarrhea combined with a bloody admixture, abdominal pain, pallor, vomiting, nausea, fever, and general weakness.
Can we “fight” back?
It is not easy to get rid of the virus at all. Norovirus is super viable, a cleaning with ordinary detergents will not kill it. You will need to use dangerous disinfection agents are required. Dishes, items used by an infected patient, as well as toys, clothes need to be washed with warm water with the addition of disinfectants. All items that have been stained with vomit must be removed immediately at a temperature of at least 140 °F.
This means if you had a breach, your facility is going to have a severe chemical treatment before you are suitable for a new “business day.”
Be smart to protect yourself!
You may hear a note of paranoia, and yet, when this “friend” is here, you need to think about your hygiene all the time:
- Proper hand-washing is a good start. Wash your hands before consuming food or beverages, after the bathroom (especially the public facilities, this includes those in the education environment like schools or universities), after contacting potentially infected people.
- Before and during food preparation – wash vegetables and fruits thoroughly, store food at the right temperature and make sure that the food preparation surfaces are clean.
- What about our pets? – unfortunately, these sweet little family members often could be the contamination agent. However, it is not a reason to stop loving them! The only thing you should remember is to wash your hands after you pet your friend.
Going back to what tastes good
Food supervisors should strengthen control over the quality of products, its preparation, and its storage. Restaurants, cafes, and canteens, as wells as schools or childcare facilities, are the best “combat zone” to fight back Norovirus epidemic. If you are a restaurant owner, a food safety agent, a school employee, you can fight back. Better education interventions as well as implementing new technologies that help to maintain hygiene quality. We can do more to protect our customers from Norovirus.
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Remember: at the first signs of an intestinal infection, in no case should you go to an educational institution or go to work. Be conscious and keep others safe.
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We wish you a safe and a happy New Year.
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