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There are only a few scientifically proven ways to fight norovirus

All parents have been there once or twice. First, your child hardly touches his dinner and even rejects dessert. Next thing you know, they have become white and barfing all over their iPad (true story). Children puck for all sorts of causes, but the main cause of vomiting in both children and adults is norovirus. Oh, norovirus, how we parents fear you so. Even if I complain at some point, my children get sick (which is OMG, so often), the times they take home in viral viruses are by far the worst. Besides how terrible it is to see your child uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes both at the same time, help me God), the problem with norovirus is that it is almost impossible to contain. When one of my children begins to bounce, I'll immediately block my calendar next week, because I know that everyone in our family &#821 1; one by one – will fall to the horrible bug. Because of the fact, I've been trying really hard over the years to learn all I can about the infamous norovirus, hoping that I'll somehow be able to stop my family from falling like dominoes from the plague. And I've had some success. Well, not much, but definitely a part. What I can say is sure I have learned a lot about the science behind elimination of norovirus. And the fact is that there are many myths out there about how to prevent it from spreading. So I think…

All parents have been there once or twice. First, your child hardly touches his dinner and even rejects dessert. Next thing you know, they have become white and barfing all over their iPad (true story).

Children puck for all sorts of causes, but the main cause of vomiting in both children and adults is norovirus. Oh, norovirus, how we parents fear you so. Even if I complain at some point, my children get sick (which is OMG, so often), the times they take home in viral viruses are by far the worst.

Besides how terrible it is to see your child uncontrollable vomiting or diarrhea (sometimes both at the same time, help me God), the problem with norovirus is that it is almost impossible to contain. When one of my children begins to bounce, I’ll immediately block my calendar next week, because I know that everyone in our family &#821

1; one by one – will fall to the horrible bug.

Because of the fact, I’ve been trying really hard over the years to learn all I can about the infamous norovirus, hoping that I’ll somehow be able to stop my family from falling like dominoes from the plague. And I’ve had some success. Well, not much, but definitely a part.

What I can say is sure I have learned a lot about the science behind elimination of norovirus. And the fact is that there are many myths out there about how to prevent it from spreading. So I think it might be good to set the record straight.

Let’s start with the obvious. Just as you suspect, norovirus is extremely freaking contagious, more than most viruses. As The New York Times points out in a recent informative article about the virus, it takes only 20 particles of norovirus to get someone ill and only one tablespoon of puke contains 15 million viruses. Holy shit.

Not only that, but the stuff is very strong and can live on surfaces as long as 42 days. This is sensible, because I’m sure you’ve experienced times when someone in your house got sick but the others did not seem to catch it until many days, or even a week later.

OK, so what can you do to kill these mofos, and how are you doing?

Here are all these pieces of wrong information for games. Basically, there are only scientifically proven methods of killing and containing the bacteria – and many completely produced, involuntary methods.

Sigh .

Let’s break it down.

Wash your dead hands

Wash your hands – and any part of your body that comes into contact with norovirus – can be found on the “yes” list here. Screw your hands with soap every time you use the bathroom or clean up someone’s vomiting. Enter these knees and under your fingers.

Do not trust hand cleaners. That shit will not do anything for norovirus, unfortunately.

Whip Out Bleach

In contrast to popular death, Lysol kills and also Clorox wipes norovirus. Kind of shocking, right?

As Times points out, there are only two cleansers that actually kill those bastards: bleach and hydrogen peroxide. It is recommended that you mix a cup of bleach with a gallon of water and then down to dry surfaces. You should leave the bleach solution on these surfaces for at least 5-10 minutes to give you time to work.

Oh, and clean every damn surface, including the toilet and light switch – almost any barf may have landed. Also, remember that norovirus is airborne (sad), so pale all surfaces within a radius of 25 feet.

Quarantine!

This is what I think is hardest to achieve, especially with a bathroom, and children like ummm, refuse to be quarantine. But, really, the best way to get your barfer’s own barf room (errr, bathroom) and keep them away from everyone else. Also, keep in mind that the person who was ill will be contagious for several days after the fact.

Do not Disturb with Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) or Grape Juice

Those who have tried to fight the good fight with norovirus have found a million articles on the internet about how to consume ACV or grape juice as soon as the virus hits your house can change the body’s pH so that it becomes insensitive to norovirus.

I’ve definitely tried these and have thought they might work. But according to Dr. Mary Wikswo, from CDC, it was probably all in my imagination. “[N] Orovirus grows in the small intestine, so the change of the stomach environment really will not make you very good,” she told Times .

The whole thing sounds quite confusing and exhaustive, huh? Yes, the times i’ve really tried my best to contain norovirus were probably as time-consuming and difficult as to actually suffer from the virus. And my success was not amazing. I think I’ve only kept it to a family member about 30% of the time, and it may just have been a little stupid trip.

Still, it’s definitely worth a shot, right?

The good news is that while norovirus is an incredibly disgusting inconvenience, it’s usually a short-lived virus when it hits you, with most of us feeling better in 24-48 hours. And if you do not have a compromised immune system or become risky dehydrated, it will not hurt you terribly.

So definitely try these actions to minimize norovirus nasty spread and stick to things that prove to work. And then cross your fingers and toes release your family and are not all puking for next week straight.

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