By: Dr. Carolyn McNeill
I hope everyone is well and enjoying all of the excitement that December and the holiday season have to bring. It’s a busy time of year for most of us, with parties, shopping, baking and travel. It is also the season of some nasty bugs making their way around, and washing your hands (thoroughly) can help protect you and your loved ones from spending any of this magical time of year, stuck by a toilet.
Here are some facts from studies that a recent New York Times article looked at. I will link the article below.
•Noroviruses are the leading cause of stomach bugs in the US.
•They are nasty bugs that can survive on surfaces for up to 42 days.
•Norovirus particles are very environmentally resistant and tricky to kill.
•Hands are thought to be the principle vehicle for transmission.
•Hand sanitizers are NOT as effective as soap.
•Don’t forget to scrub your fingertips and nailbeds, where the virus can linger.
So, to help prevent you, your family, friends and coworkers from getting sick this season, remember to wash your hands FREQUENTLY with soap. And if you do end up getting sick, try if you can, to stay home to prevent the transmission of these unpleasant bugs.
Wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday season!