Interested in learning how to avoid becoming sick from Norovirus? A Renown expert has a simple tip — and it involves singing.
Last fall, a norovirus outbreak in Washoe County swept through the district’s schools, sickening almost 1,800 students and staff in the month of October alone. With local schools again back in session, the Washoe County Health District is stressing the importance of good personal hygiene to avoid infection.
Highly contagious, norovirus causes inflammation of the stomach or intestines leading to stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea and vomiting. Norovirus spreads from contact with an infected person or contaminated food or water.
“Norovirus is a virus that spreads where people gather and food is served,” explains Marie McCormack, MD, Renown Medical Director, Primary Care. “If you are sick, stay home. Also, it’s important every time someone uses the restroom that they wash their hands for at least 20 seconds.”