05 December 2018

Public Health England issue warning about the winter vomiting bug

Yesterday, Public Health England issued a warning asking those who contract norovirus during the festive season to treat their symptoms from home.The bug, which has reportedly broken out across the UK, has no known cure and is very easily spread from person to person. 

The warning, shared on Public Health England's south east Twitter account, says: "There is no cure for the winter vomiting bug. Treat yourself at home until the symptoms pass. Going to the GP puts others at risk of infection."

What should you do if you catch the bug?

  • Stay at home until you’re feeling better. There’s no cure for norovirus, so you have to let it run its course.
  • You don’t usually need to get medical advice unless there’s a risk of a more serious problem.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration . You need to drink more than usual to replace the fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhoea – as well as water, adults could also try fruit juice and soup. Avoid giving fizzy drinks or fruit juice to children as it can make their diarrhoea worse. 
  • Take paracetamol for any fever or aches and pains.
  • Get plenty of rest.

How do you catch the winter vomiting bug? 

  • close contact with someone with norovirus
  • touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
  • eating food that's been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus.

Norovirus gastroenteritis, although not a serious illness in itself, can have a severe impact in care settings. If you are a Newcross Healthcare employee, please do not go back to work until you are positive the sickness has passed. 


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