Coronavirus is spreading all over the world with new cases found in different countries almost every day, causing panic worldwide. However it seems devils don’t walk alone: an outbreak of the highly contagious norovirus at a Louisiana casino last week has sickened at least 200 people, according to state health officials who are investigating the matter.
On Thursday, the illness reported at L’Auberge Casino in Lake Charles were confirmed to be caused by the norovirus, a gastrointestinal illness that can cause vomiting, diarrhea and stomach pain.
The agency investigated several hundred people who attended the casino’s most recent events, and received at least 200 surveys from people self-reporting virus symptoms.
What is norovirus
According to CDC, norovirus is a very contagious virus that causes vomiting and diarrhea. Anyone can get infected and sick with norovirus. Transmission ways of norovirus include:
Having direct contact with an infected person;
Consuming contaminated food or water;
Toughing contaminated surfaces then putting your unwashed hands in your mouth.
How to prevent
Ways to prevent yourself and others from norovirus:
Wash your hands often.
Rinse fruits and vegetables.
Cook shellfish thoroughly.
Stay home when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.
Avoid preparing food for others when sick and for two days after symptoms stop.
From the preventions, you can see that keep your hands clean and avoid your unwashed hands from touching your mouth are effective ways for both norovirus and the new coronavirus.
The fact is that, although the disease is contagious through droplets, there is little chance that a patient coughs or sneezes right in front of you. Therefore, your hands are more likely to be contaminated. Always remember to wash your hands before touching your face area and after using the toilet, and wear a mask when go out.