Norovirus on the rise throughout Germany
With the onset of cold weather, inevitably there is an uptick in illnesses. This year, Norovirus has been making its rounds throughout Germany. More than 5,000 cases were reported at the end of December — significantly higher than last year. Symptoms generally last between one to three days and include stomach pains, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Young children and the elderly are more susceptible to infection.
If you’re sick …
• Stay hydrated. Drink plenty of fluids. Pedialyte is a good option for young children, as it helps replenish lost electrolytes. If severe dehydration occurs, call your doctor immediately.
• Clean contaminated surfaces with a five-percent bleach and water solution immediately after exposure.
• Do not care or cook for others while sick, and for approximately 48 hours after symptoms subside.
• Do not send sick children to school. Likewise, if you are experiencing symptoms, stay home from work if you can. Norovirus thrives in community spaces.
• Wash hands after using the restroom or changing diapers, and before handling food.
• Cook all seafood thoroughly.
• Wash fruits and vegetables before cooking or consuming.
If your symptoms have not subsided within 72 hours, or get worse, call your doctor.