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Yorkshire Coast Residents Asked To Not Spread Norovirus

Yorkshire Coast Residents Asked To Not Spread Norovirus

Published by Karen Liu at 6:01am 24th October 2019.

Residents on the Yorkshire Coast are being given advice on how to prevent Norovirus spreading.

With the peak norovirus season approaching, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is asking people with diarrhoea and vomiting to keep it to themselves, and avoid GP surgeries and hospitals.

Although it can be caught at any time of the year, norovirus is often referred to as the winter vomiting bug as it is more common throughout winter. It is one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK and affects people of all ages. 

The bug is highly contagious and can be spread by coming into contact with an infected person, a contaminated surface or by consuming contaminated food and water.

Closed spaces, such as hospitals, schools and care homes enable the bug to spread rapidly and an outbreak can close down hospital wards, which has a knock on effect throughout the local NHS and social care system.

Paula South, Director of Quality & Governance/Lead Nurse, NHS East Riding of Yorkshire CCG, said:

“There is no treatment for norovirus, but it is important for people who do have the bug to keep hydrated. Most people will recover within a few days, without any long-term effects.

People who are infected are usually contagious from the moment they begin to feel ill until at least three days after they recover.

We would strongly urge anyone who thinks they may be infected to stay at home, so not to risk spreading the virus further. Rather than visiting their GP, we would encourage people to call NHS 111 for advice if necessary.”

Typical symptoms of norovirus include the sudden onset of vomiting and diarrhoea. Some people may also experience headaches, mild temperatures and stomach cramps.

While common symptoms of flu include a high temperature, fatigue, headache, general aches and pains and a dry, chesty cough.

The best remedy is to rest at home, keep warm and drink plenty of water to avoid dehydration.

Paracetamol or ibuprofen may help lower a high temperature and relieve aches.

There are simple steps people can take to reduce the risk of spreading Norovirus:

  • Thorough hand washing – wet, lather, scrub, rinse and dry
  • Don’t prepare food while infected
  • Immediately clean and disinfect surfaces after episodes of diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Wash clothes and bed linens that may be contaminated thoroughly
  • Drink plenty of fluids – stay away from caffeine and pay particular attention to the young and elderly for signs of dehydration

To reduce the risk of spreading flu, people should regularly clean surfaces such as door handles, telephones and computer keyboards to get rid of germs (hand contact with infected surfaces is a common way for a virus to spread), use tissues to cover the mouth when coughing or sneezing, put used tissues in the bin as soon as possible and wash hands regularly.

NHS Scarborough and Ryedale Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) Chairman, Dr Phil Garnett, said:

“When we have loved ones who are poorly and in hospital, it’s natural we want to be with them, even if we’re feeling under the weather ourselves.

However, influenza and norovirus are particularly contagious and the risk of passing these infections on to the person you are visiting in hospital who may already be quite ill – as well as other sick people and hospital staff – is extremely high.

When a flu or norovirus outbreak occurs, particularly in an environment like a hospital, it is difficult to contain and can lead to the closure of entire wards, putting a huge strain on local NHS resources at a time of year when they are most in demand.”

York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust Chief Nurse, Heather McNair, added:

“Closing wards helps us to contain an outbreak, but it means beds become unavailable and pressure is created throughout the entire system.

Visitors can help by staying away if they have the flu or diarrhoea and vomiting and for at least two days after their symptoms have stopped.”

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