Day care centers, nursing homes, cruise ships, and hospitals—they’re all prime environments for Norovirus. This infectious, gastrointestinal illness can rip its way through close, crowded quarters like these, wreaking havoc on the residents’ digestive systems, and leaving them dangerously dehydrated due to diarrhea, lack of appetite, and vomiting, within a mere 24 hour period.
Norovirus symptoms hit those with low immunities the worst, such as infants, seniors, and those with unrelated illnesses. The symptoms might seem like a violent flu, lasting over a few days before emergency medical attention is required. This highly contagious infection spreads quickly through contact with an infected person. However, it typically strikes a population first via fecal contaminated food or water sources.
Here are the 10 common symptoms of nasty Norovirus…
1. Nausea and Vomiting
The nausea and vomiting associated with Norovirus strikes very suddenly, typically within 12-hours of contamination, and dehydration is common when you’re vomiting for a period of 1 to 3 days. Luckily, once the 3 days are up, patients are usually past the contagious stage.