Swatting the stomach bug

By February 26, 2016Infections

Guard your stomachs everyone, the bug is back korail 2007 body. That’s right, it’s the season of the stomach bug, that one virus that can force you to become best frenemies with your porcelain throne for a day. If you don’t want to spend your valuable time hugging or sitting on the loo, then follow these rules.

Rule 1: Stay clean.

1. Wash your hands, and don’t be stingy with the soap. Lather it on! Clean water and soap are kryptonite to stomach bugs. Do it:

  • Before and after meals
  • Before and after using the toilet – (even if you went for a wee!)
  • Before and after preparing meals

2. Keep the kitchen clean and tidy.

3. Sanitise your hands after using public transport or facilities.

Rule 2: Watch your habits.

1. Take note how often you shake hands with people – not everyone washes their hands.

2. Don’t touch your face. If you picked up a virus on a door-handle or dirty counter, you’re welcoming the bug inside.

3. Don’t share cutlery.

If you have the bug!

  • Stay at home. The virus is VERY contagious and wants to make your colleagues unhappy.
  • Symptoms include diarrhoea and vomiting, but most of the time you should start feeling better in a day or two.
  • Clean and disinfect all the stomach bug’s playgrounds. Some of which include: The kitchen, bath, basin, toilet, cell phone, TV remote and door handles.
  • The bug will make you lose lots of fluid, so you need to stay hydrated. Drink as much water as you can.
  • If you can’t keep the water down, take smaller sips, and use rehydration solution.
  • If keeping your food down is a problem, eat some toast, rice, apple puree or bananas. They’re easier on the stomach and give you the energy you need to get through this trying time.
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The stomach bug is no friend of yours, but luckily it will go away just as quickly as it came. Follow these rules and you will soon feel… a little relieved.