The Sydney strain of this new mutated norovirus is quickly spreading throughout the United States.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 21 million Americans get the norovirus in an average year, with typical stomach flu symptoms including vomiting and diarrhea.
Onset of symptoms happen very suddenly, often within hours after a person has been exposed to it. An average of 800 people per year die from it.
No one has immunity to this new strain. The CDC estimates that means even more Americans – perhaps 50 percent more, could become violently ill.
While the flu is spread mostly in the air by sneezes and coughs and a person needs to breathe in as many as 1,000 virus particles to get sick, the norovirus is far more contagious. Just 18 norovirus particles can make a person sick.
The normal garden variety flu virus can last two to four hours on hard surfaces outside your body, but the norovirus can survive and remain infectious for weeks!
To keep the norovirus away, medical experts suggest cleaning the house with bleach, not just regular detergents. They also say that while hand sanitizers kill the flu virus, they are not effective at getting rid of the norovirus.
Medical experts suggest washing your hands with soap and water repeatedly to keep the norovirus off them.
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