Preventing Norovirus - Transcript

Norovirus is a germ that spreads quickly and easily from a sick person to others. It causes vomiting and diarrhea that come on suddenly. Often before you can get to a bathroom. If you get sick from norovirus, you might splatter drops of vomit or poop for many feet in all directions. Norovirus symptoms can strike any time, any place. You could be at the fair or out shopping. It’s extremely important to clean up the entire area immediately after you vomit or have diarrhea so others don’t get norovirus. Clean up must be thorough to not miss any drops of vomit or poop that can’t be seen. Here’s how to clean up after someone vomits or has diarrhea. Step one you don’t want norovirus to get on you hands or in your mouth while cleaning up vomit and poop. Protect yourself. Put on disposable gloves and a mask, if you have one. Step two, wipe up vomit and poop with paper towels, and put them in a plastic trash bag. Step three, pour bleach cleaner on all surfaces that may have vomit or poop on them. Leave the bleach on surfaces for at least 5 minutes. You can use a chlorine bleach cleaner, or make your own by adding three quarters cup of bleach to one gallon of water. Step four, clean all surfaces again with hot water and soap. Step five remove your disposable gloves, throw them away, and take out the trash. Step six remove and wash all laundry that may have vomit or poop on them with hot water and soap. Step seven, wash your hands with soap and water, and call it a job well done. Help squash norovirus. Always clean up the entire area immediately after someone vomits or has diarrhea. Learn more at CDC.gov/norovirus.

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