Hospitals across England have been forced to close more than 1,100 hospital beds this last week due to an outbreak of Norovirus.
NHS England are urging people who are affected to stay at home to avoid passing it on to others, symptoms include vomiting and diarrhoea.
Advice by doctors is that you should not go to work and children should stay home for at least 48 hours after the symptoms have passed.
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Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of the NHS said, “We’ve already seen a number of hospitals and schools affected by norovirus, and unfortunately instances like these are likely to rise over the coming weeks.
“It’s a really unpleasant illness to catch, but for the vast majority of people it will usually pass in a couple of days, and self-treating at home is the best way to help yourself and avoid putting others at risk.
“Crucially, if you’re experiencing norovirus symptoms it’s important that you don’t return to work or school for 48 hours after they clear – and avoid visiting elderly or ill friends and relatives – to avoid spreading it to other people.”
Nick Phin, national infection service deputy director at Public Health England said, “Cases of norovirus are at higher levels than we would expect to see at this time of year, although this is not unprecedented.
“Practising good hygiene is one of the best ways to protect against norovirus.
“This includes thorough hand washing with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before eating or preparing food.
“We advise people not to visit GP surgeries and hospitals with symptoms.
“However, if they are concerned, they should contact NHS 111 or talk to their GP by phone.”