How to Protect Yourself from Norovirus

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Norovirus belongs to the family Caliciviruses. It causes infection of the gastrointestinal tract. It is a strong virus and can survive on many surfaces like door handles, sinks and kitchen utensils. There is no cure or vaccine for this virus. Some people are genetically more susceptible for a Norovirus infection because of their blood type. There are certain things you can do to minimize your chances of being infected with this virus.

Use chlorine based disinfectants to clean the surfaces of your office work areas and your house furniture and tables. When you come home from outside make sure to wipe your door handles with a good detergent and wash your hands with a disinfecting soap.

The viral epidemics usually take place in isolated communities such as prison, long term health care facilities and child care centers. The virus is transmitted through contaminated food, water, vomit and feces. It is best to avoid these places during an outbreak. If you cannot avoid these places make sure you disinfect yourself after visiting such an institution. People who have kids in a child care center which has been struck by this viral epidemic should pull them out as soon as possible and have them checked out by the doctor.

Make sure you avoid contaminated food. If after eating you feel nausea and abdominal pain or vomit or get diarrhea, you should consult a doctor right away.

To keep your immune system strong by eating a balanced diet is the best strategy against any disease whether of viral or bacterial nature. 

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