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Richmond, VA—A new strain of norovirus has led to a severe outbreak across the country and right here in Virginia; doctors warn that this virus is much more dangerous than others.
The new, Sydney strain of norovirus can be debilitating, and causes severe nausea and vomiting. Along with these symptoms, diarrhea and fatigue can cause the short-lived virus to seem like a long-lasting plague.
Dr. David Trump of the Virginia Department of Health agrees.
"It doesn't last long, but it's no fun to be nauseous and vomiting."
The symptoms usually hit suddenly, and the sickness is highly contagious. Doctors say the virus can linger for weeks on a faucet handle or door…any surface an infected person has touched. This makes it harder to fight and easy to pass along.
Hand sanitizers and disinfectant wipes don't work to keep the virus at bay. Dr. Trump recommends washing your hands thoroughly with soap and water instead, and wiping down surfaces with bleach-based solutions.
It's also important to remember to clean up after yourself if you've been infected. When it comes to used tissues or disinfectant wipes, Dr. Trump urges people to toss them out quickly.
"Bag them up and get them out of there, so they're not just sitting around and being a source of the virus and staying there in your environment."
Dr. Trump says infected people should stay at home until they are better, since you can still infect people for a day or so after symptoms go away.
"You can help your family, your community stay healthy by keeping your distance until you're feeling better. Don't go to school, don't send your kids to school, and please don't visit family members in the hospital or nursing care."
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