Everything you need to know about Norovirus 

Norovirus, also known as the winter bug, is a highly contagious stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea.

The main symptoms of Norovirus are:

  • Feeling sick 
  • Diarrhoea
  • Vomiting

You may also have:

  • A high temperature
  • A headache
  • Aching arms and legs

Norovirus symptoms usually start suddenly within the first few days of being infected and last for around two days. 

Pall Mall GP, Dr. Chun Tang said: “Although it’s unpleasant, Norovirus can usually be treated at home. Drinking plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration and getting lots of rest are key to a speedy recovery. 

“It typically takes two to three days to start feeling better.” 

Norovirus can spread very easily; you can catch it by…

  • Being in close contact with someone with Norovirus
  • Touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth
  • Eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with Norovirus

Dr. Tang continued: “To reduce the risk of catching Norovirus make sure you wash your hands frequently with soap and water – this is the best way to stop it spreading.”

“If you develop diarrhoea that doesn’t go away within several days it’s important to seek medical attention. If you have severe vomiting, bloody stools, stomach pain or dehydration you should call your GP immediately.”

To book a private GP appointment for the same or next day please call us on 0161 394 0319 or enquire via our website.

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