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Forget the Flu: The Norovirus Is Taking Over America (TEXT and VIDEO)

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Just when it seemed like this year's flu epidemic was finally under control, along comes the CDC with a new plague that's sweeping the nation: the norovirus.

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Sylvia Wulf (15)
Friday January 25, 2013, 4:27 pm
So be a hermit, and if you get it ... love Colbert's advice :-P

Pat B (356)
Friday January 25, 2013, 4:32 pm
Ugh...always something, isn't it? Ditto Sylvia's comment about Stephen Colbert. ;-) Thanks for this medical update, Carrie.

Esther Z (94)
Friday January 25, 2013, 5:37 pm
Glad I read this story after I had dinner!

Tamara H (185)
Friday January 25, 2013, 6:44 pm
Can I just say ewwwww! Yes, I caught this lovely little bug. We did not play well together. Thanks Carrie.

Jason S (50)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:14 pm
Good posting, thanks

Angelika R (143)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:30 pm
Ugh, well, I don't need Larry either to know what it is like-had it a few yrs ago-no thanks, not again.

Jim P (3257)
Friday January 25, 2013, 7:45 pm
Hmm... A friend of mine in another state may have this...
She went to the ER and they could not find anything.

OK, go and puke into your elbow if you get it. lol.
Be miserable for a few days if you don't die from it.
Just what we all need. Ugh!

Ty, Carrie.

Chris C (152)
Friday January 25, 2013, 8:21 pm
UGH! All the more reason to be a recluse til Spring!

Suzanne L (98)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:24 pm
TY Carrie. Quite the evocative picture of Larry with the article. This virus sounds scarier than the flu. Since I can't be a recluse til spring I'll be careful about washing the old mitts and I don't have to worry about going on a cruise because I can't afford it.

Past Member (0)
Friday January 25, 2013, 9:54 pm
Auuutsh!!! i could not stand with that virus getting me.... have been afraid for plenty of weeks... AFRAID!!!

Diane K (134)
Friday January 25, 2013, 10:11 pm
Gross! Eeeeeew! Good story, bad news!

Veronica C (24)
Friday January 25, 2013, 11:26 pm
I think the 2 main things are to wash our hands! But if we get it, hard as it may be, we need to stay hydrated.

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 1:05 am
I know a couple of people who probably had this only three weeks ago or so.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:29 am
Noted ,Thanks .

paul m (93)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:39 am


. (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 9:01 am
We received information that anti-bacterial hand soap has no effect on preventing this virus.

Many Feathers (139)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:42 am
noted with distaste

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 11:55 am
Noted ....unhappy to say that I have had it for a week now and still don't feel well. Keeping holed up like this is driving me nutzzzz! I did not get a shot this year and neither did my other half, as our eldest daughter has Lupus with overlapping diseases, and she is not supposed to be around any active virus shots or any viruses such as flu or colds. Her immune system is compromised with this disease, and we all have to be very careful when around her.

Carmen S (611)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 12:19 pm
thanks Carrie

Nelson Baker (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 3:00 pm
Thank you.

Kathleen R (138)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 4:56 pm
read & noted

Anne P (174)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 5:32 pm
Yuck! Thanks for the warning, Carrie. Even if hand-washing doesn't prevent Norovirus, I'm gonna keep doing it.

Past Member (0)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:00 pm
I caught it in 2010 when it swept my small, close-knit college campus. I was only bedridden for a day, at the end of which I vomitted once and then felt perfectly fine. But one of my friends was ill for almost a week. Poor dear. =(

Mitchell D (104)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 6:43 pm
Elizabeth, there is no shot for this; Anne, I understand that hand washing is the BEST preventative, from the news; Alan, I have heard that as well, also on the news.

Colleen L (3)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:02 pm
There's been lots of people sick in here. I'm trying to stay away from stores; especially drug stores due to the new outbreaks. It makes me nervous being out there hearing people sneezing and coughing. I pray that with all of the vitamins and herbals that I take daily that these infections will stay away from me. Thanks Carrie

Carrie B (306)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 8:13 pm
Sorry Colleen, but I doubt all the vitamins and herbs in the world will help if you come in contact with this virus. Staying away from those who are sick and hand washing is your best bet. This is not the flu, but rather a highly contagious intestinal bug.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:16 pm
j'm privileged to volunteer in the hospital visiting the patients and assisting the nurses.

I've just been off a couple of weeks with a NASTY! cold. I plan to go back to volunteering Tuesday BUT...
my health isn't what it used to be. I'm 70 and I got a cold this year. Never used to.

I'm going to have to think this thing through.

Ever hear the song, "Please, Mr. Custer, I don't wanna go?"

I'm no longer contageous with the cold but I am weakened and I am 70.

I'll sleep on it and then .........

I'm not a coward but .......

I'm more likely to pick up the bug then if I had not just recovered from a nasty cold. I could carry that bug to patients undergoing surgery. That could be serious.

I think I'd better take another week off.

Helen Porter (39)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:22 pm
Ought oh! I just read Allan's comment.

We received information that anti-bacterial hand soap has no effect on preventing this virus

I'm careful to use the anti-bacterial when I leave one patient's room before I go into the next.
But if that's not working!

I'm not going in this week. I'm not a coward but neither do I want to spread the virus to our patients.

Carrie B (306)
Saturday January 26, 2013, 10:34 pm
Any alcohol based hand sanitizer is helpful, and certainly better than nothing. If I had a choice, I would wear gloves which could be changed from patient to patient and a mask. I was once a GI Lab tech/nursing assistant, and I must say that unless you want to bathe in bleach ~ these are probably your best alternatives!

reft h (66)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 1:17 am
Several of my co workers came in to work sick, and when the supervisor heard them horking up their breakfast in the bathroom they were sent home. Please, people, if you are sick, stay home! We won't think you are tough and courageous if you come to work sick. The rest of us don't want to catch your germs! And employers - let your people have the sick time off they need, without having to worry about losing their jobs if they call in sick, nobody wants norovirus or swine flu and these things spread like wildfire when employers pressure their workers to come in sick or face repercussions.

Joy Wong (103)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 3:07 am
Noted, thanks.

Carol H (229)
Sunday January 27, 2013, 5:14 am
noted, thanks Carrie
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