- Norovirus symptoms typically begin 12 to 24 hours after exposure to the virus. For most people, symptoms will resolve within 3 days.
- Norovirus primarily affects the digestive tract causing diarrhea, vomiting, nausea and stomach pain. A low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches may also present. Dehydration is a common concern for those infected with norovirus. Special attention should be given to prevent young children from becoming dehydrated as they are highly susceptible. There is no effective treatment for norovirus but those suffering from effects of dehydration should seek medical care at an urgent care or another primary care facility.
- The virus is spread by coming in contact with infected bodily fluid particles. Proper hand washing hygiene – especially after using the bathroom and before eating or preparing food – can greatly reduce the likelihood of contracting the virus. Regularly sanitizing desks, tables, door handles, toys and other commonly contacted areas can also help stop the spread of norovirus.
More information on norovirus can be found on the CDC website at https://www.cdc.gov/norovirus/index.html