Sumary of Norovirus spike in England prompts PHE warning:
- Public Health England (PHE) has issued a warning after norovirus cases were seen to be returning to pre-pandemic levels.
- Hand sanitizers are effective against reducing COVID-19 but have little impact on the spread of norovirus.
- One outbreak was caused by eating oysters contaminated with norovirus.
- At least 100 people fell ill in the United Kingdom and 12 in Hong Kong from raw oysters produced by Whitstable Oyster Company in the UK. The overall number of laboratory confirmed norovirus reports in all age groups has gone back to levels seen in previous years before the coronavirus pandemic.
- The agency said it would continue to monitor surveillance data to ensure early detection of unusual norovirus activity and outbreaks.
- “Stay at home if you are experiencing norovirus symptoms and do not return to work or send children to school or nursery until 48 hours after symptoms have cleared.
- As with COVID-19, handwashing is really important to help stop the spread of this bug, but remember, unlike for COVID-19 alcohol gels do not kill off norovirus so soap and water is best.