Flu and norovirus are two winter bugs that will make you feel horrendous in different ways. With flu, you probably aren’t going to be able to leave your bed. With norovirus, you’re not going to want to leave your bed, but you’ll be stuck in your bathroom throwing up and having mad diarrhoea instead. They’re… not the best, and unfortunately, they’re super contagious.
The best thing to do if you get either of these bugs is to stay home, get lots of rest, drink plenty of fluids, and let them run their course. Remember to wash your hands with soap and water to kill germs and help stop bugs spreading to other people. If you’re concerned or want advice, you can always call 111.
This year we’re adding COVID-19 to the list of ‘horrible things you don’t want to get this winter’. Vaccination is the best way to protect yourself from COVID, but even if you’re fully vaxxed it’s important to keep testing to make sure you aren’t passing the virus on to others without you knowing. If you are COVID positive, it’s important to follow the latest guidance on what to do, so check out the GOV.UK site for more info.
What you shouldn’t do is go to hospital if you’ve got flu or norovirus. Remember how we said they’re super contagious? If you drag yourself to a hospital with either of these bugs there’s a very good chance you’ll spread it to people who are already unwell and more vulnerable, and to NHS staff. That means they’re not able to work, which puts even more pressure on our hospitals at a very busy time of year.
More info on flu / More info on norovirus / More info on COVID-19