When you hear the words Rotavirus, you might be wondering what exactly it is. It sounds horrendous, but with this post we hope to shed some light on this virus and the steps you can take to protect your loved ones against it.
Now first off, what is Rotavirus?
Rotavirus is a very contagious virus that causes diarrhea. It's the most common cause of diarrhea in infants and children worldwide, resulting in over 215,000 deaths annually. Although rotavirus infections are unpleasant, you can usually treat this infection at home. Nearly every child in the world is infected with Rotavirus at least once by the age of five.
What are the Symptoms of Rotavirus?
Symptoms tend to be most prominent in children and can start within 2 days of being exposed to the virus. Below are some of the symptoms that might be experienced, with dehydration being the greatest concern in children as this age group is more vulnerable to a loss of electrolytes through vomiting and diarrhea due to their smaller body weight. Adults might also experience some symptoms but many experience it to a lesser degree and some not at all.
How long can Rotavirus last?
If your child becomes infected with Rotavirus, he/she might first get a fever and vomit. Watery diarrhea can then occur between 3 and 7 days thereafter. The infection itself can last for up to 10 days in your stool after your symptoms go away. If your symptoms don't seem to improve within a day or seem as if it is getting worse, you may need to see a doctor. Rotavirus is diagnosed via a stool sample in a medical lab.
How is Rotavirus Transmitted?
The virus is mainly transmitted between hand and mouth contact. If you come into contact with a person or object carrying the virus and then you touch your mouth without washing your hands, you could develop the infection. This is most common from not washing your hands after using the toilet or changing diapers. Infants and children under the age of 3 are at the highest risk for infection. Being in daycare also raises their risk. You might consider taking extra precautions during winter and spring months, as more infections occur during this time of year.
The virus can also remain on surfaces for a few weeks after an infected person touches them. This is why it’s crucial to disinfect all common surfaces in your home frequently, especially if a member of your household has Rotavirus. The Sprinkle Spray Disinfecting System can help to disinfect all surfaces such as the walls, door knobs, soft toys, carpets, tables, chairs, etc. in your home, office or school and provide peace of mind. We also offer affordable once off spray options. Contact us today for a no obligation quote.
What is the Treatment for Rotavirus?
Whilst there are not any specific medications or treatments that will make Rotavirus go away, the goal is to stay hydrated and comfortable whilst the virus works its way out of your system. Below are a few tips that you can use:
* Drink plenty of fluids
* Eat broth-based soups
* Spray your home, office or school with the Sprinkle Spray Disinfecting System
* Take fluids with electrolytes
* Eat a diet of bland foods
* Avoid sugary or fatty foods
* Practice good personal hygiene, wash your hands after using the bathroom, disinfect surfaces
regularly, cover you nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, etc.
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