If it weren’t enough to have to worry about the flu, now there is a new bug floating around that is just as awful. That illness is a norovirus that showed up in Sydney Australia and now seems to be hitting the states.
It produces intense illness with stomach aches and vomitting and diarrhea. Doesn’t that sound like fun?
The good news is it isn’t the flu, and it will probably pass within 72 hours, but the bad news is that you can’t tell you are infected for 12 to 24 hours, and naturally it’s quite possible for you to infect other people during that time.
The best way to protect yourself is keeping your hands clean. No, none of the quick rinse/soap/rinse business. You need to wash with soap for quite a while, try singing a silly little song, or count 15 seconds. That is how long you should wash in order to remove germs on your skin.
Honestly, it doesn’t matter what I say does it? Just be prepared. Make sure you stay hydrated in case this illness gets you, and if you do start having the unpleasant symptoms you need to call out of work, or keep family members who have it home and in bed..
This too shall pass.