The norovirus can be caught at any time of year, but is known as "the winter vomiting bug".

It is highly contagious and can affect people of all ages, causing vomiting and diarrhoea. The incubation period usually lasts between 12 and 48 hours. During this time you may be infectious to other people so we advise that you follow the steps below to help ease your symptoms:

  • Drink plenty of water
  • Take paracetamol for any fever, aches and pain

We also advise that you:

  • Stay at home. Don’t go to see your GP because norovirus is contagious and there’s nothing your GP can do while you have it
  • Ring your GP to seek advice if your symptoms last longer than a few days or if you already have a serious illness

Norovirus is very contagious. Follow the measures below to help prevent the virus spreading:

  • wash your hands frequently
  • don't share towels and flannels
  • disinfect surfaces that an infected person has touched