Friday, February 03, 2006

Beware the Norvirus

I’m wondering when the Norvirus will hit one of our schools in Thanet as hard as the Simon Langton Boys School in Canterbury with 300 pupils struck down. Chatham House School has more information on its website.

It’s not just schools. A business colleague from London tells me that over the last week he’s had both his nursery age children down with the bug, which causes, fever, vomiting and chronic diahorrea.

The virus tend to clear up within 48 hours. Parents are advised to keep their children away from school and give them paracetamol and plenty of fluid.


Anonymous said...

Parents should be advised to train their kids to wash their hands after using the lavatory and before eating.
That way there would be no norovirus.
Norovirus is a self inflicted injury, spread by dirty people who are walkers not washers.
Scools and other places where large numbers of people share facilities should have compulsory viricidal gel dispensers at strategic points, also frequent cleaning of lift buttons, handrails, door handles etc is very helpful in containing an outbreak.
Norovirus is spread by those infected for whilst suffering and also 48 hours after symptoms have subsided, this is known as viral shedding.
As a consultant on this matter for the cruise industry I have tons of experience in preventing and containing this illness, in fact now the precautions I have mentioned are implemented across most cruise ships the likelihood of catching it on a cruise ship is less than on land.

Andy Pandy said...

As much as I love the elegant gel dispensing trend that has popped up recently, I am slighlty concerned about the untested long term effects. It's the old 'nature figting back' argument. Instead of killing germs source, which may make them angry ;), good old soap and water allows you to flush the nasties down the sink.

I have seen the gel in action on cruise ships (in buffet areas) and it seemed their effectiveness was mainly due to the way it was enforced. Several members of staff would manually hold the dispensers and they would politley point out anyone that had broken the scrub barrage. I hope that these dispensers are the way forward because I like their simplicity their simplicity, they certainly seem a fashionable solution in the 'hectic' lifestyles we all have today, lol. However, I would hate to see this in schools instead of the children being taught how to scrub and wash their hands properly with good old soap and water.

Oh, and dont start me on disposable antibacterial wipes - sheesh ;)


Anonymous said...

The gel is alcohol based, sometimes includes a little aloe vera as a moisturiser and is designed to kill bugs once all visible debris is removed from
the hands by washing.
The good thing about using it is that it kills the bugs which are left if people don't wash their hands properly - proper handwashing takes several minutes and few of us do it right.

Dai Rear said...

Come on guys! The youngsters of today are far cleaner in their habits than we were.
You can wash your hands until the cows come home with our little friend the norovirus and it will still get you.
Since its appearnace in Norwalk, Ohio in 1968 it accounts for approx 23 million people each year in the USA!
Its high infectivity; persistence in the environment and its resistance to common disinfectants all make it difficult to control through routine sanitary measures.
One youngster vomiting in the corridor or on the classroom floor unwittingly unleashes mayhem. Isolation at home and non-return to school for 3 days is the only way to reduce the problem.
Where incidence is at a high rate, isolation by closing the school, hospital, office etc is the only sure way to stop our little friends progress.

Anonymous said...

Now, without wishing to sound like my old man, I'm thinking "When I was a lad..." When I was a boy (only 20 years ago) I dont recall swathes of friends and pupils in schools being wiped out by bugs. Mind you in those days us children could be found eating proper meals, rolling around in the mud of dane park after school and generally being active. Unlike our fat lazy children of today who eat nothing but ready meals whilst playing their playstations. Get outside, play with germs and dont wash your hands! Build up a tolerance and we'll all be fine. It's quite simple.

James Maskell said...

Theres no replacement for basic cleanliness. MRSA may not be the big issue of the moment but it doesnt make it any less significant.

The alcohol based gel used in the Hospitals dry the hands of the people using it. Considering the long shifts that those staff have to work, their hands get very dry indeed. Ive seen it. Its nasty.

Anonymous said...

James, if you were in the hospital to see this gel you shouldn't have seen it - you should have USED IT!
Its people like you who spread MRSA and Noro.
And it ain't nasty, I use it every day, plenty of times. Maybe some different sort is but we have good stuff, I even use it as after shave!

James Maskell said...

I know people that work in the hospital and Ive seen from them how bad it affects the skin through prolonged use. I havent been in the hospital itself. As for the "its people like you" comment, I can assure you I am not the person spreading it.

Anonymous said...

Many apologies James, when you said you had seen "it" I stupidly assumed you meant the gel, not the dry hands.

James Maskell said...

No need to apologise. I wasnt very clear.