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Stomach Flu and Swine Flu

Stomach flu and swine flu: symptoms and prevention

According to the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, every year around 20% [1] of people in the UK develop infectious intestinal disease such as gastric flu (also known as gastroenteritis) and swine flu (H1N1). To protect your family from these viruses, it helps to know what gastroenteritis is, and what causes gastroenteritis. Domestos kills all known germs dead, so cleaning surfaces and toilets with Domestos can help stop the spread of germs.

What is gastroenteritis?

Gastroenteritis is caused by a virus called norovirus, also known as the winter vomiting bug. It’s highly contagious: each year in the UK, five million people or more catch it.

How can you catch gastroenteritis?

Knowing what causes gastric flu is half the battle in beating it. The other half is using Domestos for effective norovirus prevention.

  • Air-borne particles


    . If an infected person vomits, the norovirus can be catapulted into the air and breathed in.

  • Contaminated surfaces


    . Norovirus lives on surfaces touched by vomit, by dirty water (like from a flushed toilet), and by dirty hands.

How long does norovirus live on surfaces?

It can live for days or weeks [2], which is why knowing how to prevent norovirus with Domestos’ germ-killing power is helpful in protecting your family.

Gastroenteritis symptoms

Gastroenteritis symptoms are severe, but short-lived, and usually consist of vomiting and diarrhoea. This can lead to dehydration so a person suffering from Gastroenteritis should drink small sips of water continuously. A person with Gastroenteritis who begins to suffer from severe dehydration symptoms such as rapid breathing, dizziness, fainting and passing little to no water should seek medical help immediately.

Now you know how you catch gastroenteritis and what the symptoms are, let’s move on to norovirus prevention.

What is H1N1?

H1N1 is a new strain of influenza A, which causes seasonal flu in people. It was originally named ‘swine flu’ because those who first became infected with it were those who worked with pigs.

How is swine flu spread?

  • Aerosols

    These are very fine particles spread with something like a sneeze. When a person with swine flu sneezes the particles are small enough to stay in the air and be inhaled by someone else.

  • Larger droplets

    These are expelled through coughs and sneezes. They land on surfaces and can also be inhaled.

  • Indirect contact

    Virus particles spread by sneezes, hands or items touched by an infected person. Virus particles can survive for over 24 hours on hard surfaces.

What are H1N1 symptoms?

The most common H1N1 symptoms are:

  • Sudden fever, cough and sore throat

  • Headache and tiredness

  • Chills and aching muscles, limb or joint pain

  • Diarrhoea or stomach upset

  • Runny nose and sneezing

  • Loss of appetite

How to prevent norovirus or H1N1 spreading

So how do you prevent H1N1 from spreading, and how long does norovirus live on surfaces? Here are our best H1N1 and norovirus prevention tips:

  • Keep your toilet germ-free with Domestos Thick Bleach and continue to use it frequently if someone in your home has the virus.

  • Norovirus can live on hard surfaces up to several weeks, so use Domestos Bleach Spray to kill any norovirus on surfaces

  • Personal hygiene is important too. Wash your hands using soap and warm water before any food preparation, or after touching any potentially contaminated surfaces.

Domestos is the ultimate germ-kill weapon. Now that you know what causes gastric flu and how swine flu is spread, you can fight germs and protect your family.

[1] 2017 Gastroenteritis, NICE

[2] Facts about Norovirus