Norovirus is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK. It’s also called the “winter vomiting bug” because it’s more common in winter, although you can catch it at any time of the year. It spreads very easily, and it can affect anyone of any age, causing vomiting and diarrhea.
Other symptoms include:
- mild fever
- stomach cramps
- aching limbs
Norovirus can be very unpleasant, but it usually clears up by itself in a few days. You just have to let it run its course and avoid contact with other people until you feel better. There’s no 100% effective way to avoid Norovirus, however there are things you can do to reduce your chances of catching it, such as:
- keeping your hands clean
- avoiding raw, unwashed food
- not sharing towels, flannels or toothbrushes
- keeping household surfaces clean
If you catch Norovirus you should try to keep it to yourself. Staying at home and keeping your hands clean can help avoid spreading Norovirus to others. You can still be infectious up to 48 hours after your symptoms have gone, so it’s best to avoid seeing other people during that time.
It’s especially important to avoid visiting anyone in a hospital or care home, as norovirus is more serious for people who are already ill.