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Norovirus Why Washing Your Hands Isn't Enough
1/30/2013
It gets in your food, in your laundry, it sticks to plates and it might even float into the air when you flush your toilet.
A new strain of norovirus -- often called stomach flu -- is going around and it’s going to be very hard to avoid it, experts say.

Federal health officials say a new strain, called the Sydney strain, is now causing most of the misery across the United States and the world. The virus, sometimes known as Norwalk virus or winter vomiting disease, causes vomiting, diarrhea and that someone-just-hit-me-with-a-plank feeling.

There’s no real treatment for it except for waiting it out, no vaccine, and recent studies show it’s one of the hardest viruses to get rid of. Simple cleaning alone doesn’t always kill it, and it takes just a few particles of virus to sicken a person.

“It is pretty difficult to get rid of,” says Allison Aiello, who studies how viruses spread at the University of Michigan. “It is pretty stable. It lives quite some time on surfaces. It is hard to kill.”

For instance, a few recent studies show that a quick application of hand sanitizer won’t get rid of it, Aiello says. And most people don’t wash their hands properly, either -- it takes about 30 seconds of vigorous rubbing using hot water and soap to wash away the tiny bits of virus, and that means getting under the nails, too. Perhaps worst of all, people start spreading norovirus before they actually feel sick, and they can spread it for as long as two weeks after they start getting better. To read more of the original article from NBC news CLICK HERE.
Norovirus illness is usually not serious. But as with many viral infections the illness can be serious in young children and the elderly. Once there is a norovirus outbreak within a healthcare setting, healthcare workers must have knowledge of how to limit the spread of the virus. Proper sanitation techniques, isolation procedures, ill staff exclusion from work and food preparations are key to preventing the spread of this virus.

Pedagogy author Julie Reagan has developed 2 Norovirus continuing education courses to inform healthcare providers of what they need to know to reduce the risk of contracting the virus and preventing the spread of the virus throughout a facility, hospital or institution.

Preventing and Managing Norovirus in Healthcare Settings
Norovirus in Long-Term Care Facilities

These online continuing education courses provide contact hours to the participant and the courses may be taken anytime that is convenient. With Pedagogy online education, courses may be stopped and started as the students schedule allows. With the successful completion of the exam with a score of 80% or better the participant may instantly print their certificate of completion.

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