What is norovirus? A new virus threatens China


An outbreak in a school in Sichuan has warned of the presence of new highly contagious diseases in the Asian country

While Europe continues to fight against covid-19, in China they already have a new enemy: norovirus. An outbreak affecting 50 students at a school in Sichuan province has been detected.

What is norovirus and what symptoms does it have?

According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) of the US, noroviruses are a highly contagious virus, which often has outbreaks between November and April, which cause gastroenteritis and whose main symptoms are vomiting, diarrhea, nausea, and stomachache.

How is it spread?

This virus passes from one person to another through contaminated food and it does so very efficiently and quickly.

What risks does it have?

It is not a virus, a priori, serious and the symptoms last a few days. As with covid-19, it can be worrisome in the case of the elderly and very young children. The greatest risk is severe dehydration.

How to avoid infections?

Habits acquired with the coronavirus, such as frequent hand washing, are also useful to protect against norovirus. In addition, it is recommended to wash fresh food thoroughly, cook seafood thoroughly, and stay home while symptoms last.



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