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Norovirus (vomiting bug)

Norovirus, also called the "winter vomiting bug", is a stomach bug that causes vomiting and diarrhoea. It can be very unpleasant, but usually goes away in about 2 days.

Check if you have norovirus

The main symptoms of norovirus are:

You may also have:

The symptoms start suddenly within 1 to 2 days of being infected.

How to treat norovirus yourself

You can usually treat yourself or your child at home.

The most important thing is to rest and have lots of fluids to avoid dehydration.

You should start to feel better in 2 to 3 days.

Find out how to treat diarrhoea and vomiting in children and adults

School, nursery or work

Stay off school or work until you have not been sick or had diarrhoea for at least 2 days. This is when you're most infectious.

Do not visit hospitals or care homes during this time.

How norovirus is spread

Norovirus can spread very easily.

You can catch norovirus from:

Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading. Alcohol hand gels do not kill norovirus.