Norovirus (winter vomiting bug) is highly infectious and is easily spread through contact with someone with the infection or with contaminated surfaces. One of the best ways to prevent the spread of norovirus is by regularly washing hands with soap and warm water especially after using the toilet or an episode of illness and before eating or preparing food. 

Most people will make a full recovery within 2 to 3 days, but it is important to drink plenty of fluids to prevent dehydration, especially for the very young, elderly or those with weakened immune systems who are more at risk.

For more information on Norovirus, read the UKHSA  blog,  or visit the NHS norovirus webpage.

For Health and social care settings; please see the care hub for further information on Norovirus and managing outbreaks.

Diarrhoea and vomiting? There is no specific cure for stomach bugs such as Norovirus. Visit: for advice. Icon of a water bottle. Stay hydrated. Icon of pills. Take paracetamol when needed. Icon of hands washing. Prvent the spread. Icon of a house with a clock saying 48 hours. Stay at home for two days after symptoms clear.

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Page last updated on November 13th, 2023 at 5:13pm

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