Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Serap Şimşek Yavuz stated that norovirus cases can be seen at first in schools every semester. Noting that parents were suspicious of covid due to similar complaints, Yavuz listed the precautions to be taken. Here’s everything you need to know about norovirus…
WHAT IS NOROVIRUS, HOW IS IT TRANSMITTED?
Istanbul University, Istanbul Faculty of Medicine, Department of Infectious Diseases and Microbiology, Faculty Member and Ministry of Health Coronavirus Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Serap Şimşek Yavuz warned about the increasing incidence of Norovirus with the opening of schools. Noting that norovirus is the most common cause of diarrheal diseases in the world, Prof. Dr. Saying that this infection can easily lead to epidemics, Yavuz said, “Norovirus can make an epidemic because it can be transmitted very easily. The risk of transmission increases in closed environments such as Kovid, in close contact. It spreads quickly. For example, when a child vomits in the classroom, it can be transmitted to other children, even from the particles that spread to the environment at that time. “It’s a virus that can spread very easily,” he said.
WHAT ARE NOROVIRUS SYMPTOMS AND HOW IS IT TREATED?
Stating that physicians are actually very accustomed to Norovirus, it usually becomes common when schools are open every time there are crowded environments, Prof. Dr. Yavuz, “Is my child Kovid?”, which increased in families after the Kovid pandemic. “It usually causes diarrhea and vomiting. Fever is not a common picture. 5-10-15 people in the class can get sick in a short time. We can understand that it is Norovirus. Staying at home and fluid and electrolyte replacement is sufficient. Another treatment is needed. However, if the child vomits a lot, if the child cannot feed orally, it may be necessary to support intravenously. Norovirus should not be confused with Kovid. Although Kovid also progresses with diarrhea, it is sometimes accompanied by respiratory symptoms. Fever occurs. Runny nose, sore throat, Norovirus’ We don’t see these very often in the country. If there is diarrhea with respiratory symptoms, loss of taste and smell, etc., it may be considered in the direction of Kovid. Parents of children who have just started school may be worried, but former parents actually know about Norovirus. But last year, the children did not go to school, so it was forgotten a bit. Maybe there are too many concerns for this. There is no need to worry, but children who are sick should definitely not be sent to school. In fact, this is the most critical point in the spread of other viral infections,” he said.
Scientific Committee Member Prof. Dr. Norovirus warning from Yavuz