As Norovirus cases rise in US – young and old alike are at potential risk!

Norovirus cases rise in US
Norovirus cases rise in US

United States: In accordance with the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, noroviruses are a large family of viruses with a high level of contagiousness that results in gastrointestinal illness.

Gundersen Health system in the state of Wisconsin infections specialist Brian Simmons the rate of stomach flu is significantly increasing entire over the state.

Simmons added, “We’ve seen flu, RSV, and influenza or the typical influenza pretty much most of our winter. In the last few weeks, we have seen an increase in norovirus. It’s this time of year that we have a lot of those cases of norovirus,” as reported.

Young and old alike have the potential to be sick with norovirus, and this happens when people eat very little viral agents that have originated from an infected person.

Symptoms of Norovirus

It leads to the symptoms of vomiting and diarrhea, which can further aggravate the stage of hospitalization.

Simmons said, “It’s very much of a sudden onset in these individuals because of the amount of diarrhea and vomiting that they’re having become very dehydrated. And if you become very dehydrated very quickly, it could be serious enough that you would have to be hospitalized to get fluids,” as reported.

Norovirus spreads more in warmer weather

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Simmons explains that norovirus-related cases happen to increase nowadays since people are more exposed to each other due to warmer weather.

Simmons added, “With norovirus being very contagious and you’re touching surfaces that people have touched that have recent norovirus, it’s an easy way that we could be spreading the virus because of more contact we have with people as we go out in the warmer weather.”

Treatments for the disease

Although there are no medicines for finding a cure, rather Simmons points out that there are some helpful recovery strategies that can be used.

Simmons added, “The best way that we do treat for norovirus is trying to treat dehydration before it happens. The best way to treat for that is keeping yourself hydrated with water and fluids that regenerate the electrolytes in your body,” as reported.

Simmons asserts that norovirus typically takes those who have been exposed about 12 to 24 hours to develop the virus’s symptoms and on average, it takes between 1-3 days for individuals to recover.

Simmons claims that people with norovirus should, needless to say, keep on cleaning anything they have touched, wash their hands frequently, and try not to contact other people as this virus is easily transferred.