Prevent the spread of infections
NHS Lanarkshire is reminding people to take precautions to help prevent the spread of infections such as winter vomiting and diarrhoea over the festive and early new-year period.
The reminder comes at a time when the weather often gets colder resulting in viruses like norovirus, colds and flu becoming more common.
However, Emer Shepherd, NHS Lanarkshire’s head of infection, prevention and control, is reminding people that frequent hand washing and disposing of used tissues can be the most effective way to help prevent the spread of these illnesses.
Emer said: “Norovirus - also known as winter vomiting disease and/ or diarrhoea bug - is highly infectious and can cause a very unpleasant but generally shortlived illness.
“The main symptoms are vomiting and/or diarrhoea and unfortunately there is no specific treatment for the illness apart from letting it run its course.”
If someone is ill, thorough cleaning of surfaces with a bleach based solution – especially the toilet and toilet area - and cleaning up vomit and the surrounding area quickly will all help to reduce the risk of spreading the infection when other people come into contact with these surfaces.