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Norovirus cases surge in the UK: Symptoms to look out for

Cases of norovirus have shown a worrying spike and are now at their highest level for the 2022–23 season, according to data released by the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA).

According to the data released by the agency, laboratory reports of norovirus are 77% higher than the five-season average for the same period in previous years. On average, more than 800 adult hospital beds were occupied by patients with norovirus symptoms last week in the UK.

Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can cause vomiting and diarrhea. The virus spreads through contact with someone who has the virus or a contaminated surface.

Most of the patients recover within two to three days. However, it can cause severe dehydration, especially among the young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems.

The NHS Medical Director for England said that the "surge" in norovirus has added to an already significant pressure on NHS staff and has also led to an increase in calls on the 111 service.

This week, thousands of junior doctors in England walked out in protest over pay levels for 72 hours, from Monday to Wednesday. Despite this, NHS staff saw an increase in calls on the 111 service this week, which added to the pressure on the system.

What are the symptoms of Norovirus?

According to the NHS, the most common symptoms of norovirus are:

● Diarrhea

● Feeling nauseous

● Vomiting

Other symptoms may include:

● Ache in the arms and legs

● High temperature

● A headache

The symptoms start to show up within the first two days of contracting the virus.

The professionals say that since the virus is highly contagious, people should wash their hands thoroughly with soap and water if they come in contact with anyone who has contracted the virus.Contrary to opinions, alcohol gels are not effective against norovirus and are therefore not recommended, according to experts.

While most cases of norovirus can be treated at home, according to NHS doctors, it is important that patients get lots of rest and drink lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

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