Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, is the most common stomach bug in the UK.
What is Norovirus?
Norovirus is highly contagious. It’s particularly prevalent in schools and nurseries as the virus can survive for several days on surfaces or objects. It can affect people of all ages and cause vomiting and diarrhoea.
There is no cure for Norovirus, so it has to be left to run its course. The symptoms are unpleasantand can initially be quite distressing, but they shouldn’t last for more than a couple of days.
Adults and children with Norovirus symptoms should avoid visiting GP surgeries or hospitals to prevent the further spread of the virus; Because the virus is highly contagious, children who have Norovirus symptoms mustremain off school or nursery for 48 hours after the last episode of vomiting or diarrhoea to stop the spread of the infection to other children and staff.
The NHS have created this handy PDF to give you all the information you need