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The Norovirus

posted 8 May 2015, 03:49 by Tim Elliston   [ updated 14 May 2015, 09:02 ]
By Louise Jensen

The Norovirus (aka as The Winter Vomiting Bug) is the collective name given to a group of viruses causing vomiting, diarrhoea and stomach pains. Some people will also experience flu like symptoms of aching limbs, elevated temperature and general weakness. It is highly contagious with an incubation period of 12-48 hours (from picking up the virus to displaying symptoms), then experiencing symptoms, typically, between 12-60 hours.

The virus is spread through faecal matter and vomit (these can become airborne particles) and can survive for several days on surfaces touched by an infected person. Cooking destroys it but raw foods washed with contaminated water or prepared by an infected person can carry the virus.

The best forms of prevention are: -

Washing hands frequently is the best form of prevention, using antibacterial soap and hot water. Gels are not sufficient to combat the virus but are better than nothing if out with no access to a washroom. Soap and water do not kill the virus but dislodge it from your skin.

Avoid touching surfaces that may be contaminated where possible and wash your hands thoroughly after contact. Be aware that door handles, elevator buttons, stair rails, light switches and remote controls could all potentially be carrying the virus.

Use a light bleach solution to wipe down surfaces in your home and if anyone in the household is infected use bleach in the toilet after each visit.

Wash all fruit and vegetables really well before eating. Do not prepare food if you are unwell and for three days after recovery.

Any clothing, bedding or towels that may be contaminated should be washed on a long, hot cycle. Handle carefully while loading the machine.

Do not share towels or flannels.

Ensure your immune system is as strong as possible by following a natural, unprocessed diet.

Colloidal silver (nature’s antibiotic) can be taken orally as a preventative at this time of year to help your immune system stay strong and able to fight off attack. Colloidal silver can also be diluted in a spray bottle to wipe down surfaces. (Please note that although silver is proven to kill off many pathogens there is no proven scientific evidence this will eliminate the Norovirus).

If you become infected: -

Avoid foods for 24 hours. When you do start eating, avoid anything high in fibre which could irritate the bowel and aggravate any diarrhoea experienced.

Drink plenty of water, stay as hydrated as possible to aid the body’s healing process.

You can make your own natural rehydration drink by adding salt to the water used to boil rice in. Cook as normal, adding a pinch of salt. Some of the starch from the rice will dissolve into the water and provide the sugar.

Colloidal silver may be taken as above.

Dissolve one spoon of Manuka honey in hot water, add half a lemon and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar. Although apple cider vinegar is well known for its antimicrobial properties it has been shown to aid with viral infections too. Sip slowly.

Ginger can settle stomachs, combating nausea. Ginger can be supplemented or taken as a tea.

Sleep is nature’s recovery period. Nap whenever you can.

Whilst recovering, avoid dairy and gluten which is typically hard on the stomach.

Relax as much as possible. Worrying or feeling guilty about what you could or should be doing is adding stress to your already overwhelmed system.

Louise Jensen