WCC Winter campaign – Norovirus
As part of our winter campaign, we are wanting to promote very simple messages about the importance of handwashing as one of the most effective infection control measures against winter bugs such as Norovirus. We know that norovirus is now starting to circulate this year.
Norovirus is highly infectious and spreads easily in environments such as nurseries and schools. Please encourage children to wash their hands regularly.
Please see the norovirus section of our website, where you can download posters to display.
For other advice for the winter season, please see the Stay Well in Winter campaign website: www.nhs.uk/staywell
Norovirus, also known as “winter vomiting disease”, commonly occurs in the winter months, and causes vomiting and diarrhoea. The symptoms usually last between 12 and 60 hours, and tend to start with the sudden onset of nausea followed by projectile vomiting and diarrhoea.
Good hygiene, including thorough hand washing, especially after toilet visits and before eating, will help reduce the spread of infection. Norovirus can contaminate the hands of children and staff if not adequately washed, and the environment is easily contaminated if a child has been unwell, as virus particles can remain in the air and settle in the environment.
It is important that hands are washed correctly, for the recommended washing technique visit www.who.int/gpsc/clean_hands_protection/en/. Liquid soap should be used and not bar soap, which increases the risk of cross contamination.
Further information and resources can be found here.
We would also like to take this opportunity to make you aware of e-Bug, a really useful online resource for schools to help teach children and young people about microbes, infection, hygiene, vaccinations and antibiotic resistance. Please see: www.e-bug.eu
Dr John Linnane
Director of Public Health,
Warwickshire County Council