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Clean Up After Someone with Norovirus Vomits or has Diarrhea

September 20, 2019


Norovirus is a germ that
spreads quickly and easily from a sick person to others. It causes vomiting and
diarrhea that come on suddenly. Often before you can
get to a bathroom. If you get sick from norovirus,
you might splatter drops of vomit or poop for many
feet in all directions. Norovirus symptoms can
strike any time, any place. You could be at the
fair or out shopping. It’s extremely important
to clean up the entire area immediately
after you vomit or have diarrhea so others don’t get norovirus. Clean up must be thorough to
not miss any drops of vomit or poop that can’t be seen. Here’s how to clean up after
someone vomits or has diarrhea. Step one you don’t want
norovirus to get on you hands or in your mouth while
cleaning up vomit and poop. Protect yourself. Put on disposable gloves
and a mask, if you have one. Step two, wipe up vomit and poop
with paper towels, and put them in a plastic trash bag. Step three, pour bleach
cleaner on all surfaces that may have vomit
or poop on them. Leave the bleach on surfaces
for at least 5 minutes. You can use a chlorine bleach
cleaner, or make your own by adding three quarters cup of
bleach to one gallon of water. Step four, clean all surfaces
again with hot water and soap. Step five remove your disposable
gloves, throw them away, and take out the trash. Step six remove and wash all
laundry that may have vomit or poop on them with
hot water and soap. Step seven, wash your
hands with soap and water, and call it a job well done. Help squash norovirus. Always clean up the
entire area immediately after someone vomits
or has diarrhea. Learn more at CDC.gov/norovirus.

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