Most common norovirus symptoms – and what to do if they appear

Most common norovirus symptoms – and what to do if they appear

The ‘winter vomiting virus’ is known to spread faster in the winter months.

As multiple countries, including the UK, have seen an increased number of norovirus infections lately, the Mirror newspaper, spoke to doctors and experts, in order to remind you of the most common symptoms and more.

Lesley Larkin, a specialist in gastrointestinal infections and food safety, explains to the newspaper that “symptoms include sudden onset of nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea, but can also include high fever, abdominal pain and aching limbs”.

It is important to stay at home, not go to work or take the kids to school, at the first symptoms and, according to the expert, this should continue until 48 hours after the symptoms have disappeared.

If you are infected with this virus, “it is important to drink water to avoid dehydration and not to visit elderly relatives, especially in nursing homes or hospitals, while you are ill,” recommends Lesley Larkin.

“Hand washing is key” and helps prevent the spread of the virus, but unlike Covid-19, norovirus cannot be eliminated with disinfectants, made with alcohol. So it’s best to use the classics, soap and warm water.