The holidays are over, the flu has been infecting people within our community and we’re all wondering…. what’s next? Norovirus, aka “stomach flu” is rearing its ugly head this time of year. Norovirus is an acute gastrointestinal viral infection that can cause nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and occasional stomach cramping.
As we try to keep everyone safe and healthy this virus is just as contagious as the flu. Anyone can get it at any time and it can spread from contaminated surfaces to coming into contact with someone who has it. Although there isn’t a cure or vaccine for it, AFC Vernon is here to help you prevent norovirus in 2020.
Keeping food establishments clean from norovirus
Just like the previous years, norovirus has plagued some of our favorite local restaurants. Restaurants are one of the most common places for the virus to spread. We often get infected by contaminated water, food and contaminated surfaces. It is important that when practicing food and safety that we use gloves when handling food. In addition to this it is important to clean, wash and prepare foods that can often serve as a homeground for norovirus.
If you’re sick it is best to stay home instead of going to work. Staying home not only helps you, but prevents others from getting the norovirus.
Practicing good hygiene
The CDC recommends practicing good hygiene to reduce your chances of coming into contact with norovirus. This can include:
- Washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water after touching contaminated surfaces
- Disinfecting contaminated surfaces like bathrooms, door handles and sinks
- Putting contaminated clothes into the washer to kill germs
Tip: Avoid touching your mouth and face after touching a contaminated surface.
Drinking plenty of fluids
In a perfect world it would be nice to stay healthy all the time. However, that one wrong encounter with norovirus can really set you back. Vomiting and diarrhea can often lead to dehydration. It is best to drink plenty of fluids in order to stay hydrated. Water and rehydration drinks like Pedialyte are especially good to maintain hydration. Try to avoid juices, sodas and alcohol as they can dehydrate you and can do more harm to your recovery process than good.
AFC Vernon is your local urgent care that can meet your needs
AFC Urgent Care Vernon wants to keep you safe and healthy from the norovirus. The virus is highly contagious andit’s our goal to make sure you have the most accurate information when it comes to norovirus, what it is and what you can do about. We are here for you, going above and beyond urgent care. We’re ready to serve you 7 days a week, from 8am-8pm weekdays, 8am-5pm weekends.
AFC Urgent Care Vernon: 179 Talcotville Road Vernon, CT 06066 or Contact Us for more information about norovirus treatment and prevention.