Norfolk ‘germbuster’ campaign to keep Norovirus at bay
PUBLISHED: 12:28 23 January 2013 | UPDATED: 12:28 23 January 2013
A public health campaign aimed at keeping germs at bay this winter has been relaunched by NHS Norfolk and Waveney.
Officials from the primary care trust are renewing their Germbusters campaign urging people to maintain good standards of personal and home hygiene to try and reduce the risk of Norovirus.
A Germbusters ‘“toolkit” has been set up at www.norfolk.nhs.uk/germbusters for members of the public to use. It contains links to videos, factsheets, and helpful hints on how to prevent infections and what to do if you fall ill.
Lucy Macleod, interim director of public health said: “With everyone’s help we can keep infections such as Norovirus and flu at bay. This is a time when the NHS begins to see more patients who have Norovirus, the family of bugs which cause tummy upsets and sickness. It is also a time when flu can sweep through schools and offices. But we can reduce the number of people who become ill and reduce the disruption this causes simply by washing germs away. There are simple things we can all do which can have a massive impact. We cannot see germs but we can fight them.”
People are being urged to wash their hands with warm water and soap and dry thoroughly before eating and handling food and after using the toilet and to keep household surfaces clean.