CHESTERFIELD (WRIC) – The norovirus is easily spread person to person and it flourishes in cold weather. You should all you can to keep from catching it.
Ron Despain and his wife Kathy have had a miserable few days.
"We spent a lot of time in the bathroom... nausea… had blankets on me keeping warm."
The couple, who runs Kathy's Kopies in Midlothian, is now better, but the norovirus hit them hard and spread to their kids.
Many in Central Virginia are dealing with the same thing - cramping, severe diarrhea, abdominal pain, even fever.
"It's quite a hearty virus and it can last on indoor surfaces and inanimate objects," says Chesterfield Health Department Director Dr. Parham Jaberi.
The health department is seeing an increase in norovirus this month, likely because people are spending more time indoors where people are closely working together or are very close to each other
Experts say the main thing you should do if you come down with the norovirus is to stay at home. Don't try to go out to work or send your kids to school. Also, continually make sure that your hands are being washed. Doctors say the main health concern with norovirus is dehydration, so drink lots of water and if you're not feeling better after a few days, see your doctor. Last of all, should you feel sick for more than a couple of days, call your doctor.
Ron and his wife are doing what they can to make sure they don't get it again.
"Once we recovered, we got the bleach out and sanitized the whole house."
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