So we had a crazy winter break, 2 of my kids getting sick, my mom having this horrible hacking cough. Enter Monday the beginning of being back to school and WHAM! Davin gets Strep… For reals… this is insane. We have been fighting this for weeks.
When the older two got sick, we ran all the bedding, pillows, sheets, stuffed animals, you name it, it all went into a hot washing machine with bleach. Bleached the floors, the sinks counters.. EVERYTHING I could bleach, I bleached. I HATE bleach, but will use it at certain times.
Put on clean bedding, new sponges, the works. Here we are not even two days later and I’m having to do it all over again.
Then I read this post
Seriously.. You couldn’t get a better title?!? Well in all reality it is dreaded. It makes not only the person sick feel bad, but everyone else too.
There isn’t a cure, only some precautions to take, and even then you can’t be sure that it won’t infect your house again.
“Because there is no medication or treatment for norovirus, prevention of the illness is your best bet,” said Dr. Jessica Schoen, who works in Emergency Medicine with Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea and Austin.
From the Austin Daily Herald about the norovirus outbreak.
Mayo Clinic Health System offers these tips to prevent illness:
•Stay home if you are sick. This means staying home from school and work. Food service workers are required by law to stay home if they are sick.
•Practice proper hand hygiene. Wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the restroom and changing diapers and before preparing foods or eating. Wash your hands more often when someone in your household is sick.
•Use alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer to use prior to eating out in public but use soap and water for hand washing after encounters with a patient with norovirus symptoms.
•Be smart in the kitchen. Do not prepare food while you are sick with norovirus, are experiencing norovirus symptoms and for at least three days after you recover. Carefully rinse fruits and vegetables, and thoroughly cook oysters and other shellfish before serving.
•Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces. Use a household bleach solution (up to 1½ cups of bleach in one gallon of water) to clean surfaces after vomiting or diarrhea accidents.
•Avoid pot luck gatherings. As difficult as this may be, it’s good advice to stay away from homemade items just to reduce exposure to potentially contaminated food.
- How has your house been fairing against this virus?