Did you know that 80 percent of all Norovirus outbreaks happen between November and May, infecting more than 20 million people in North America, and killing between 750 and 1,000?
Worldwide, the virus kills more than a million people every year—staggering. You can get it just by touching someone who's got it, or touching something they've touched. It spreads quickly, especially in 'captive' environments (hospitals, schools, restaurants, cruise ships, etc.) You can also get it from under-cooked shellfish.
The flu-like symptoms can last up to three days and include stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, headache and muscle pain. Here’s 4 ways to avoid it, or avoid passing it to others:
1. Wash your hands frequently, and if you're sick, don’t handle food, care for others, or go out in public.
2. Cook shellfish to at least 140F/60C.
3. Clean and disinfect surfaces and wash any soiled laundry immediately if you experience symptoms like vomiting or diarrhea.
4. Norovirus is contagious from the moment symptoms appear until several days after they've passed.In the majority of cases, symptom are mild, but please pay extra attention if an elderly or very young person catches it.
For more information visit the Center for Disease Control website HERE.
I hope you enjoy a happy, healthy holiday season.
Kelly Dolphin is a personal insurance specialist with Joyce, Jackman & Bell Insurors and Joyce Haggerty Bell Insurance Group, Pittston, PA. She is a graduate of Marywood University with a bachelors degree in Marketing. She has 10+ years of experience in the insurance industry, licensed in property and casualty and life insurance. Kelly resides in Scranton, PA with her husband, Sean, and their two children, Noah and Maggie.