There’s nothing pleasant about the norovirus, so you need to avoid it at all costs. This can be difficult when you have a relative who has it though. Here’s what to do to stay free of the virus.
Wash Your Hands
The best way to fend off the norovirus is to keep your hands clean as much as you possibly can. This sounds incredibly simple, and it is. As long as you have warm water and a good type or hand wash, you should be able to make sure that the virus doesn’t spread. You need to be thorough when washing your hands though. This should last for at least 20-30 seconds to make sure that you clean every part of your hands. And if you’re caring for someone with norovirus, make sure you wash your hands after contact with them.
Don’t Touch Your Face
The norovirus causing you harm when it gets into your body through your mouth. So, if you’re one of those people who touches their face or lips, try not to. It could cause you to become infected with the virus, and that’s not what you want to happen. As I mentioned above, washing your hands is vital. But you can’t keep them clean 100% of the time when you’re living with someone who is infected with the norovirus. So, you need to do your best to keep your hands away from your mouth and face.
Cook Food Carefully
Food can carry the norovirus if it prepared in the wrong way. You need to make sure that the surfaces on which the food is prepared are all clean and not carrying the virus. You also need to wash your hands a number of times throughout the cooking process. Remember, the norovirus is only passed on when it’s ingested. So, if it’s on your hands, it won’t cause you an immediate problem. But as soon as those hands touch food that you will then eat, you have a problem.
The most important thing you can do when someone in your home has been struck by the norovirus is to clean the place thoroughly. This means cleaning every room in the house each day. It’s the only way to ensure that the virus won’t lurk on surfaces and be passed onto someone else in the home. Be particularly thorough when cleaning the bathroom and kitchen as these are the most risky rooms. But the whole house should be cleaned. Use a disinfectant like cavicide spray for the best results.
Remember the Less Obvious Things
There are lots of ways in which norovirus can be spread from person to person. Of course, physical contact and food that isn’t prepared properly are common ways, but there are others. For example, if your relative who has the virus uses your computer, and then you use it, you will probably pick up the virus from them. So, before you use a computer, make sure you clean the keyboard with a wet wipe; the same applies to smartphones and tablets. Door handles are also common carriers and spreaders of the virus, so clean these too.