With four wards at York Hospital closed last week with the winter vomiting bug, norovirus, I thought this would be a good time to talk about how to reduce spreading bugs.
Norovirus is the most common cause of stomach upsets in England and Wales. It usually lasts about 2 days and, whilst not generally life-threatening, it is unpleasant. These are a list of ways to reduce the spread of norovirus and many other bugs, in the house.
- Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, particularly before and after preparing food, and after going to the toilet and caring for someone who is ill.
- If someone in the house has norovirus symptoms, wash their clothes and bedding separately in a hot wash
- Disinfect any surfaces or objects that could be infected and dry them thoroughly. Household bleach is effective.
- Disinfect cloths and mops after use
- Don’t share towels or flannels
- Stay off work or school for at least 48 hours after your symptoms have gone
- Wash fresh produce before eating and avoid raw food.
At Squeaky Clean we work in a number of surgeries, where care in reducing spread of infections are vitally important. We keep separate mops and cloths, all colour coded, for the different areas within these surgeries. Please contact me if you would like more information about our work in surgeries.
The information on reducing the spread of infections has been summarised from the NHS website