Norovirus, also known as winter vomit bug, tends to be more common during this time of year, but you can take it any time in the year. In people with a compromised immune system, the disease can have potentially lethal consequences. In recent weeks the number of cases reported in the United Kingdom is increasing, with the latest outbreak in Lincolnshire. According to Lincolnshire Live, Bourne Gallantly Medical Practice revealed that norovirus cases have hit a number of schools and nursing homes in the county.
So what are the symptoms of the virus that you need to watch out for and how can you prevent it?  There are three norovirus symptoms that need to be cautious, according to NHS.
- Suddenly nausea
- Bullet vomit
- Watery diarrhea
Some people may also have a slight fever, headache, aching stomach cramps and aching limbs.
Symptoms usually appear one to two days after being infected and usually last for up to two or three days.
But in some people with compromised immune systems, such as children and older adults, norovirus infection can cause severe dehydration, malnutrition and even death.
This means doing everything possible to prevent the spread of the disease.
Norovirus can be cured at home provided you take the following steps:
- Stay at school or work until symptoms stop for two days
- Avoid visiting anyone in hospital during this period [1
- Avoid touching surfaces or objects that have viruses on them, then touch the mouth
- Avoid eating food that has been prepared or manipulated by someone with norovirus
often hands with soap and water is also an effective way to stop the spread of the virus.
It should be noted that alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.