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House Calls – Norovirus

October 10, 2019

Welcome back! Infection Control Specialist Marliyn Michels joins us today to tell us about Norovirus. Once the virus hits, the attacks are often swift and brutal. The stomach and intestines become inflamed. Bouts of vomiting and diarrhea follow that leave victims weak and exhausted. And since the bug is extremely contagious, it can spread easily to others, especially in places like day-care centers, schools, cruise ships and nursing homes. To prevent norovirus infection: Wash hands thoroughly with soap and water, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers, and always before eating, preparing or handling food. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can help reduce the number of germs, but they’re not a substitute for washing with soap and water. Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly. If you’re sick, don’t prepare food or care for others who are sick for at least two days after symptoms stop. Clean and disinfect potentially contaminated surfaces. Immediately remove and wash clothes or linens that may be contaminated with vomit or stool. And stay with us! We’ll be right back with one final look at your forecast after the break

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