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Norovirus: Good hygiene helps to prevent gastroenteritis

The spread of the highly infectious norovirus can be contained through strict hygienic practices and disinfection. Single-use products, which are immediately disposed of after use, also help prevent infection.

Sickness, severe vomiting, stomach cramps and diarrhea are the primary symptoms of a norovirus infection. This nasty gastroenteritis virus is most prevalent during winter months and spreads quickly in nursing homes. Transmitted from person to person but also through shared objects such as lavatories or door handles, the virus is highly infectious. To protect oneself and others, patients should be isolated in a single room and proper hygiene should be observed.

Washing hands is very important

Liquid soap from dispensers and single use towels help to prevent the spread of germs. Staff should wash their hands with a virucidal disinfectant after patient contact or after cleaning and disinfecting contaminated surfaces - even when wearing disposable gloves.

Disposable products for protection

Disposable examination gloves (e.g. Peha-soft syntex), impermeable protective clothing and face masks provide effective protection during routine patient care. For washing patients, disposable washing gloves (e.g. ValaClean soft) prevent the virus from spreading. Used items should immediately be disposed of in sealed plastic trash bags!

To sum up: in addition to observing strict hygiene, modern disposable care products provide effective protection against norovirus infections.