66 percent increase in cases
Norovirus outbreaks – of the illness sometimes referred to as the “winter vomiting bug” – have increase by sixty six percent in March and April in the east of England, according to a recent report on the Cambridgeshire Live website.
Advice is given in the article about what to do if the illness is contracted, which amounts to little more that to “stay home and wait for it to go away, which usually takes about two days.”
Effective hand washing is key
Whilst riding out the illness provides a limited scope for a situation improvement, there is a great deal that can be done in order to prevent the virus from spreading wrote Ms Mirsky. And it seems that the best way of controlling norovirus is by a thorough wash with good old soap and water – not gels.
“Hand sanitiser gels don’t kill the germ, so the best way to protect yourself is by washing your hands regularly with soap and water.”
The report takes the hand hygiene message a step further, courtesy of advice from the deputy director of health protection at PHE East of England, Dr Jörg Hoffmann, which he reportedly offered ahead of the recent World Hand Hygiene Day.
“Washing your hands with soap and water can reduce the risk of diarrhoea by nearly 50 per cent so we can see that such a simple measure is a great way to stop people becoming unwell.”
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