Stay clean and healthy in the work environment
NOROVIRUS - ADVICE TO STAY CLEAN AND HEALTHY
Norovirus – How to stay clean and healthy
Often called stomach flu or gastroenteritis, Norovirus is an infection that causes gastroenteritis, which results in vomiting and diarrhoea. It is one of the most common bugs in the UK.
As we have seen in recent news items, it has caused a few issues recently in the World Athletics Championships.
So, how do we get the virus in the first place and what can we do to prevent this in our workplace?
Consuming food or drink that is contaminated due to food handlers who have not washed their hands adequately.
Eating without washing hands, which may have come into contact with Norovirus.
Have contact with a person who is infected or showing symptoms.
Drinking liquids contaminated by infected persons.
This virus is very contagious and can spread rapidly throughout environments such as offices, care homes etc.
Although it usually clears up by itself in a few days, it is a virus that we want to prevent in the first place.
Obviously, there are some common-sense approaches and that is to do with regular cleaning and hygiene and regular office cleaning is a top priority.
Personal hygiene, however, is uppermost in the fight against Norovirus and everyone should regularly wash their hands. It is essential for employers to provide adequate hand washing facilities and keep the washrooms well stocked of cleaning products and paper towels or functioning dryers.
The NHS has more information on Norovirus here http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Norovirus/Pages/Introduction.aspx
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