It is able to survive on surfaces for many days and can be difficult to kill norovirus iowa. We’re heading into the prime season because it’s norovirus. Here are some ways to defeat it.
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“Mommy? “Mommy? I threw up.”
Although it sounds innocent, the phrase causes me to panic immediately. I know right then — which way too often is in the middle of the night — that my vomiting child probably has a stomach virus, and that our family has just begun another weeklong round of ring-around-the-toilet.
My son will be first, followed by my daughter, then me, and then my husband. For some reason, my symptoms are the worst. My husband first saw me with a stomach virus and said that he thought I was going to die.
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Which stomach bug is to blame? Salmonella? Flu? It’s not flu. Norovirus is what causes most stomach bugs in America. Research shows that noroviruses can survive for up to 42 days on surfaces, and it only takes about 20 viruses to make someone sick.
One tablespoon of vomit can contain 15 million viruses. The same amount of stool can contain up to 75 billion. Eli Perencevich, a University of Iowa physician and epidemiologist, said that norovirus iowa “if it spreads in your home, it’s not your responsibility.” It’s not a good sign if you are experiencing indigestion.
We are now approaching winter, also known as norovirus season. I have decided to use science to protect myself from stomach bugs. Here’s how.
Make sure you wash your hands after using the bathroom.
Everyone in your family should wash their hands with soap whenever someone is ill. Concentrate on cleaning your fingertips and nailbeds where viruses can linger. Unfortunately, hand sanitizers are not effective.
Quarantine sick people if you can. You should keep them at home and, ideally, in one room of your house. If you have multiple bathrooms in your home, make sure one is designated as the “sick” bathroom.
Mary Wikswo (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) said that if this is not possible or if everyone must share a bathroom, then “I wouldn’t call it to overkill” to clean surfaces each time a sick person uses the restroom.
It means that you should clean the toilet, the handle, and the sink. You can also close the lid of the toilet before you flush.
One little-known fact about noroviruses is that most household cleaners and wipes won’t kill them. Clorox and Lysol Disinfecting Wipes claim to kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses, but this doesn’t cover norovirus iowa.
You can wipe down surfaces using a bleach solution. A mix between half a cup and a cup of bleach with one gallon of water. Or you can use bleach wipes that are suitable for health care, such as Clorox Healthcare Bleach Germicidal wipes.
These wipes are difficult to find in stores, but they are available on Amazon. The bleach should be left on the surface for five to ten minutes. It takes time to kill these stubborn jerks. Another option is to use hydrogen peroxide cleaners.
You will have to be more careful if a family member fails to use the toilet on time. Angela Fraser is a Clemson University researcher who studies vomit cleanup strategies.
It is recommended that you use disposable gloves and goggles. Dr. Perencevich also suggested that you use a face mask to keep your mouth from touching the skin. He suggests that you “really focus on not touching your head while doing this,” he said.
Cover the fluid with paper towels or sprinkle kitty litter on top to keep them from getting airborne. Then, scoop it into a bag. Close the bag with a twist tie, and then dispose of it. Use soap and water to scrub the area. Then, disinfect the area using one of the cleaners listed above.
Don’t clean only the area where you found the fluid. Dr. Fraser suggests sanitizing 25 feet radius including walls, tables legs, and any other surfaces that may have been inadvertently contaminated with the norovirus iowa virus.
The good news is that you will have completed your 30 minutes of exercise by the end of the day.
You can’t use bleach to disinfect a rug or upholstery. It will cause color damage. Dr. Fraser advised that you steam clean your rug for five minutes at 170° Fahrenheit. After testing it for damage, Dr. Perencevich suggested that you spray the cleaner with hydrogen peroxide.
Dr. Perencevich advised that if clothes or washable linens become soiled, they should be washed in hot or cold water. If the bleach doesn’t cause damage, it should also be put in a bag and kept in quarantine for a few days to weeks. Because if you touch soiled clothes you are at risk of spreading the virus.
Because dishwashers are not immune to all noroviruses, it is worth designating plates, cups, and utensils for family members who are sick. Don’t allow anyone with a virus to prepare food for someone else.
Keep it simple and stick to the science.
Talking about things that don’t kill noroviruses, grape juice, and apple cider vinegar won’t keep you healthy despite what your friends might have said.
I know it’s true, and I wanted to believe it too. These “cures” are said to work by altering the pH of your stomach. This makes it too acidic for noroviruses. Dr. Wikswo explained that noroviruses grow in the small intestine so altering the stomach environment will not do much good.
If all this sounds overwhelming, don’t worry. Do the best you can. There is some good news. Some people are more resistant to noroviruses than others because of genetic mutations that alter sugars on cell surfaces.
People who have blood type B or AB are also more resistant. (Officially, I am type O. Noroviruses can be more annoying than they are dangerous, and most of the time they are not.
Perhaps “unpleasant” sounds a bit too broad, but the words I am thinking of aren’t suitable for printing. They’ll be screaming into my toilet when I get sick next time, but that’s not for sure.