Here Comes Winter: How to Thwart the Dreaded Norovirus

‘Tis the season to be jolly …

… but not if you’re struck down by the nasty norovirus.

Aside from the frost and gloom making our mornings more miserable, the festive season also drags along the winter vomiting bug, rearing its ugly head like a despicable pantomime villain.

And, much like last year, thousands of unsuspecting Brits will be struck down by diarrhoea and vomiting as the norovirus tightens its grip.

As you might expect, schools, childcare centres, care homes and hospital wards are particularly vulnerable, with frequent outbreaks at this time of year.

Indeed, according to Public Health England, there were 610 reported outbreaks in hospitals between July 2013 and June 2014, resulting in 94 per cent of affected wards being closed.

Prevent the Norovirus Spreading

Whilst the symptoms of norovirus typically only last around one to two days, it’s a highly contagious virus, with just the slightest hint of viral particles required to cause infection.

In a bid to stop the norovirus spreading in health organisations, effective hand hygiene should be a top priority, which means washing hands before eating and preparing food, and after using the toilet.

Not only will proper hand hygiene procedures reduce the risk of norovirus spreading, other infectious diseases such as flu and the common cold can also be stopped in their tracks.

Consequently, here at Initial, we offer a range of effective hand hygiene solutions for the medical industry, ensuring your employees, customers and your business are protected.

To learn more about the infection control options we provide to help keep viruses at bay, please get in touch with a member of the team today, we’d be happy to assist.

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