The case for hand washing as norovirus cases “surge”

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Doctor reveals that gels are ineffective against it

Good hand hygiene was deemed to be “absolutely essential” in the annual fight against norovirus (sometimes known as the “winter vomiting bug”), which causes a bout of diarrhoea and vomiting – amongst other deeply unpleasant symptoms – which usually lasts for 48 hours or so.

In a recent interview on BBC television, Dr Xand van Tulleken revealed that, as often happens at this time of year, numbers are comparatively high.

Indeed, a recent report by MSN revealed that last week an average of 678 adult hospital beds were taken up by individuals with norovirus-like symptoms.

Hand washing is key

The main way to limit the spread of this highly contagious illness is by doing something that everyone is very familiar with said Dr. van Tulleken. Hand washing. Supposedly more “convenient” methods of cleaning hands, by using hand gels – even those with a recommended level of alcohol – are ineffective he warned.

“Noroviruses one of these viruses that anti-bacterial gels do not work on so handwashing is key.”

Similarly the NHS states in its Norovirus (vomiting bug) guidance

“Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.”

There isn’t usually a great deal of doubt when the illness strikes, according to the TV interview. “Norovirus comes on quickly after exposure and the main symptoms are so dramatic, it is not hard to spot what it is.”

Drinking simple fluids when thirsty is very important advised Dr. van Tulleken. He advised against sports or rehydration drinks, which were deemed a “waste of money.”

To emphasise just how contagious norovirus is, he referred to a 1998 study which concluded that just one person who was ill in a hotel dining room, infected 124 other guests!

Keep washing those hands…

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Regular soap and water use can significantly reduce incidents of illness
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