Hy­giene warn­ing

The Oban Times - - News -

NHS HIGH­LAND wants peo­ple to wash their hands and wrap up warmly in or­der to stem the spread of norovirus.

Di­rec­tor of pub­lic health Pro­fes­sor Hugo van Wo­er­den urged peo­ple to wash and dry hands be­fore pre­par­ing food, eat­ing or drink­ing.

Pro­fes­sor van Wo­er­den said: ‘Norovirus is highly con­ta­gious and is eas­ily spread. At this time of year peo­ple are much closer to­gether phys­i­cally, whether it be in crowded trains or buses with lit­tle ven­ti­la­tion, de­part­ment stores bustling with shop­pers or peo­ple par­ty­ing.

‘This close con­tact with oth­ers greatly in­creases the chance of catch­ing a virus such as norovirus. Hand hy­giene is a very im­por­tant way to pre­vent the spread of norovirus.

‘Wash­ing hands of­ten – and dry­ing them on dis­pos­able pa­per tow­els or laun­der­ing hand tow­els reg­u­larly – can sig­nif­i­cantly re­duce the chances of catch­ing norovirus.’

NHS High­land ad­vises that peo­ple who have had sick­ness and di­ar­rhoea wait un­til they are 48 hours free of symp­toms be­fore vis­it­ing a rel­a­tive or friend in hos­pi­tal.

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