Tips To Prevent the Spread of Viruses

Protect you and your family against the “stomach bug” and other contagious illnesses.  There are highly contagious viruses that can lead to diarrhea, vomiting, and stomach pain. Each year nationwide, norovirus contributes to about 56,000 to 71,000 hospitalizations and 570 to 800 deaths. The elderly and young children are especially vulnerable. Viruses can be spread by people who are sick or can live on objects and surfaces for days or even weeks.

Tips to Help Prevent the Spread of Viruses

  • Always wash your hands carefully with soap and water, especially after using the toilet or changing diapers and before eating, preparing or handling food.

*Alcohol-based hand sanitizers can be used in addition to hand-washing, but they should not be used as a substitute for washing with soap and water.

  •  Wash fruits and vegetables and cook seafood thoroughly
  •  When you are sick, do not prepare food or care for others
  • Clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces

*After throwing up or having diarrhea, immediately clean and disinfect contaminated surfaces using a chlorine bleach solution (5-25 tablespoons of household bleach per gallon of water). 

  • Wash laundry thoroughly

There is no vaccine to prevent these types of infections, and medications including antibiotics do not work on viruses.  It is important to drink plenty of liquids to replace fluid loss and prevent becoming dehydrated.  Contact your healthcare provider for an evaluation, especially if you or someone you are caring for is at risk or showing signs of dehydration.

For information visit www.cdc.gov/norovirus

For more information regarding the School Health Program, visit www.hcdpbc.org/schoolhealth