What is the Norovirus Infection?

There is another virus bugging people this season!  A norovirus infection that isn’t covered by the influenza vaccine.  Previously, you may have read about norovirus in the news…an infection that often forces cruise ships to dock and disembark the entire passenger list and crew.  However, norovirus just doesn’t wreak havoc on vacationers; it also impacts people on dry land.

Symptoms of a Norovirus infection

The norovirus infection tends to sneak up on its victims.  You may feel perfectly fine one day and then the next day experience bouts of diarrhea and vomiting within a day or two after exposure. Generally, the symptoms are not serious…just a nuisance for the average person.  However, an elderly person can be especialIy vulnerable. Seniors that have the virus should drink plenty of water during the course of the illness.  Severe dehydration along with other health conditions can lead to hospitalization and even death.   There are five common symptoms of the norovirus infection:

•Nausea and vomiting
•Watery diarrhea and stomach cramps
•Low-grade fever and chills
•Body aches and headache

How does norovirus spread?The virus tends to spread rapidly in closed quarters.  Seniors that live in assisted living communities and nursing homes should practice proper hand hygiene and use universal precautions that can help prevent the spread of the virus.  According to the CDC, people infected with the norovirus are contagious from the onset of symptoms and are contagious for at least 3 days after they recover.

How to treat the Norovirus

Unfortunately, there is no antibiotic or drug that can be prescribed for norovirus infection.  The best remedy is to isolate yourself, drink plenty of fluids, and rest.   Pain killers that contain acetaminophen can ease symptoms.  In addition, natural herb remedies such as ginger tea or ginger root peppermint tea < can calm an upset stomach.  Other items you may want to stock in the kitchen include Gatorade, clear broth, and bananas.


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