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The government says ‘don’t go to work’ if you catch a virus sweeping Britain

The government has said ‘don’t go to work’ if you catch a virus sweeping Britain.

The UKHSA has said confirmed cases of norovirus are around 75 per cent higher than the average over the past five years. The health department has issued a warning about the virus after seeing a sharp increase in the past two weeks.

Normally, norovirus cases would decline in the spring, but that is not yet the case this year, experts say. Symptoms of the virus, also called ‘winter vomiting disease’, include vomiting, nausea and diarrhea.

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The virus usually lasts about two days. Experts say the colder weather likely did not contribute to the increase in cases.

Amy Douglas, Norovirus Epidemiologist at UKHSA said: “Levels of Norovirus in April were higher than we would normally see at this time of year and have been increasing. This is probably due to a combination of factors, but the colder weather we have had has won.” t helped.

“Norovirus can cause dehydration, especially in vulnerable groups such as young children and older people or those with weakened immune systems. If you do become ill, it is important to drink plenty of fluids. If you have diarrhea and vomiting, you can take steps to prevent you from dying from the infection.

“Do not return to work, school or nursery until 48 hours after your symptoms have disappeared and do not prepare food for others during this time. If you are not feeling well, avoid visiting people in hospitals and care homes to to avoid passing on the infection.” in these settings.

“Washing your hands with soap and warm water and using bleach-based products to clean surfaces will also help prevent the spread of infection. Alcohol gels do not kill norovirus, so don’t rely solely on them.”

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