Your Definitive Guide to Norovirus Prevention and Treatment

January 1, 2024

Are you grappling with symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea, puzzled about their origin? Your beloved restaurant might not be the culprit; it could be the stomach flu, also known as Norovirus.

To help you navigate Norovirus, its symptoms, and effective preventive measures, AFC Urgent Care Norwalk has crafted a comprehensive guide.

Understanding Norovirus

The CDC defines Norovirus as a highly contagious virus, often causing symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone is susceptible to Norovirus infection, and while it's commonly labeled the "stomach flu" or "stomach bug," it's crucial to discern it from the flu caused by the influenza virus.

In the United States, Norovirus takes the lead in causing vomiting, diarrhea, and foodborne illnesses.

Symptoms of Norovirus:

Most Common Symptoms:

  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach pain


  • Other Symptoms may include:
  • Fever
  • Headache
  • Body aches

Norovirus induces acute gastroenteritis, causing inflammation in the stomach and intestines. Symptoms typically emerge 12 to 48 hours after Norovirus exposure. While most individuals recover within 1 to 3 days, it's crucial to recognize their potential to remain contagious, spreading the virus for a few days afterward.

Dehydration Symptoms:

  • Decrease in urination
  • Dry mouth and throat
  • Feeling dizzy when standing up

Identifying these dehydration symptoms is especially vital in young children due to the vomiting and diarrhea, potentially leading to dehydration.

How Norovirus Spreads:

  • Norovirus and Contaminated Food: Contract Norovirus if a person with the virus touches food with bare hands or if food is placed on surfaces with fecal or vomit particles.
  • Norovirus through Contaminated Water: Contamination occurs when a person with Norovirus vomits or defecates in the water or when water lacks proper treatment.
  • Norovirus Spreading through Sick People and Contaminated Surfaces: Transmits when a person with Norovirus touches surfaces with bare hands, or contaminated objects are placed on surfaces, releasing tiny drops of vomit into the air.

Preventing Norovirus

Routine handwashing is a pivotal step in Norovirus prevention. Wash hands after using the bathroom, before food preparation, and before engaging in activities involving contact with others. Additionally, prioritize disinfecting and cleaning surfaces, given the uncertainty of who may have touched them and their potential prior Norovirus infection.

AFC Urgent Care Norwalk: Your Partner in Norovirus Recovery

Count on AFC Urgent Care Norwalk to assist in Norovirus recovery. We are committed to helping you combat Norovirus and return to your routine. Operating 7 days a week, we welcome both walk-ins and appointments, and settling your AFC Urgent Care Norwalk bill is a breeze with our convenient online payment method.

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