In recent weeks, the U.K. has seen a spike in Norovirus cases. Approximately 400 beds are currently occupied in the two National Health Service (NHS) Trusts as patients show symptoms of Norovirus.
Norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug, has been at lower levels than average throughout the pandemic, but as people have begun to meet more, there has been an increase in cases.
The common symptoms include diarrhoea, projectile vomiting and nausea, but it can sometimes cause abdominal pain, high temperature, and aching limbs.
As restrictions have been are scrapped, winter bugs have returned, and cases are increasing. People need to be cautious as it can spread quickly through contact with infected patients or contaminated surfaces, warned health officials. It is curable in a matter of days.
People with Covid have been told to stay away from hospitals in Southport and Ormskirk unless they are severely ill. In Scotland, a post from NHS Grampian said that four wards at Dr Gray’s Hospital in Elgin were closed as 23 people, including staff, were infected.
Earlier this month, Walsall Healthcare Trust said that people visiting patients at Walsall Manor Hospital are being urged to make sure they stay at home if they have any sickness or diarrhoea. The U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has sent out several warnings to remind people of the symptoms and how to stay safe. Outbreaks have also been seen in schools, with a few in care homes.