Norovirus alerts around the UK – why you should wash with soap and water

Washing hands with soap and water not gels

Infection control centres around effective hand hygiene

The warning that “Only hand-washing will prevent spread of norovirus – alcohol hand gels DON’T kill the virus” was recently provided on the Heart website in an article calledHow to stop spreading norovirus this Christmas.

The report warns of the consequences of the highly contagious “winter vomiting virus” being introduced – albeit unintentionally into hospitals and care homes by visitors.

“…it can cause chaos, leading to ward closures and making it difficult for health-care workers to treat vulnerable patients at the busiest time of the year.”

In a Public Health England video (below) Dominic Mellon, a consultant in health protection states the great importance of effective hand washing – and when it comes to norovirus, he suggests, hand gels are ineffective.

“It’s important to use soap and water because norovirus isn’t killed off by antibacterial alcohol hand gels.”

#NoNoro4Xmas – because no-one wants Norovirus as a Christmas present

Warnings across the UK

Christmas norovirus warning after 140 outbreaks across the south west – the Plymouth Herald.

Norovirus forces two day closure of Dunrossness Primary (School) – The Shetland Times.

Christmas norovirus warning for Cornwall – Pirate FM.

Norovirus outbreak: Vomiting bug which ‘made my husband cry’ on the move with 140 cases this winter – The Bristol Post.

Winter diarrhoea and vomiting bug norovirus has hit Wales and here’s how you can avoid it – Wales Online.

Norovirus outbreak fears at nine North East hospitals leads to visitor restrictions – Chronicle Live.

How to stop spreading norovirus this Christmas »

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Teal Task Force: hand wash hire for medical facilities

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