Norovirus can spread via STORE TROLLEYS: NHS staff warn people to wash their hands amid outbreaks in the winter hospital's vomiting bug
- A hospital in Swansea has registered 75 cases of norovirus in two weeks
- Doctors have warned people to wash their hands with soap and water to prevent this
- The virus causes vomiting and diarrhea, but usually disappears quickly by itself
A Welsh hospital administration has warned people to wash their hands after going to the supermarket because trolley handles can house viruses.
The Swansea Bay University Health Board said that norovirus – a bug that causes diarrhea and vomiting and circulates in the winter – can spread through the handles.
Officials encouraged people to wash their hands with soap and water after visiting busy areas such as hospitals and supermarkets.
It comes after 75 people in hospitals in the seaside resort have been infected with the disease in a two-week period.
Although the norovirus is unpleasant and easily spread, it is common, rarely severe, and tends to disappear on its own after a few days.
Doctors at a Wales hospital said people had to wash their hands after touching things in busy places – such as trolleys in supermarkets – because the norovirus can spread between people touching the same surfaces (stock image)
A matron from the Swansea Health Council, Joanne Walters, said: “Good hand hygiene is essential, especially after going to the bathroom, before and after eating, and touching items that many other people will have touched, such as shopping carts, door knobs and TV remote controls.
& # 39; Always use soap and water. Hand disinfectants do not kill the norovirus. They work against many bacteria and viruses, including the flu, but not against the norovirus.
& # 39; Do not share items such as towels and washcloths if you feel unwell. & # 39;
Employees of the Swansea Bay University Health Board, which runs the Morriston Hospital (photo), said 75 people have been diagnosed with Norovirus in the last two weeks alone
WHAT IS NOROVIRUS AND HOW LONG IS IT TO ERASE?
Norovirus is one of the most common stomach infections in the UK and it is referred to as a winter vomiting bug as it usually occurs in the winter.
It usually disappears automatically within 24 to 48 hours, but it can be very serious for already vulnerable patients and can lead to dehydration.
The virus, which can also cause diarrhea, is highly contagious and can cause huge disruptions in hospitals because it spreads so quickly between patients.
But the winter vomiting bug tends to mutate and some species are worse than others, leading to a higher number of infections.
Other symptoms of norovirus, also known as the & # 39; winter vomiting bug & # 39 ;, include high temperature (38 ° C or higher), headache or aching arms and legs.
People who think they have it should stay home and avoid going to the hospital, where it can spread much faster and affect vulnerable people.
According to the NHS, the symptoms should disappear within 72 hours, but people can call NHS 111 if they are worried.
To prevent the disease from spreading, doctors recommend staying home from work or school and avoiding public transportation.
The virus can be transmitted from person to person through close contact, touching the same surfaces or eating food treated by someone else.
Mrs. Walters added: & # 39; This is traditionally the norovirus season, so we would expect it to circulate.
& # 39; We only need people who are aware that they do not need to present themselves to the hospital if they have this virus.
& # 39; They can control their symptoms at home and reduce the spread of infections by not going to common areas.
& # 39; Even if your symptoms stop, you remain contagious, you keep shedding the virus for up to 48 hours and then up to 72 hours. & # 39;
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