Norovirus, also called the “winter vomiting bug”, is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.
The main symptoms of norovirus are:
You may also have:
You can usually treat yourself or your child at home. You should start to feel better in a day or two.
Information: Read about how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting in children and adults.
Stay off school or work until the symptoms have stopped for 2 days.
Avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this time. This is when you’re most infectious.
Norovirus can spread very easily. You can catch norovirus from: 1) close contact with someone with norovirus 2) touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth 3) eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus
Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.
Diarrhoea and vomiting are common in adults, children and babies. They’re often caused by a stomach bug and should stop in a few days. The advice is the same if you have diarrhoea and vomiting together or separately.
In adults and children:
– diarrhoea usually stops within 5 to 7 days
– vomiting usually stops in 1 or 2 days.
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