Wash your hands

New Jersey is experiencing widespread influenza (flu) activity. The strain of flu that is circulating this season is more severe than usual. Although public health agencies cannot accurately predict the peak and duration of the flu season, Georgian Court University is committed to the health and safety of its community.

The latest “Superbug” spreading across New Jersey is the Norovirus or Stomach Flu.

How do you distinguish between Norovirus and the flu?

The flu is an upper respiratory infection that causes sore throat, chills, body aches, runny nose, and coughing. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Both can lead to severe dehydration if you don’t drink enough fluids.

Usually the body doesn’t come down with two infections at once, but it can get infected with one bug right after the other if the immune system is weakened.

Both conditions can be prevented by washing your hands (especially before eating), avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used objects.

Both conditions should be managed by getting plenty of rest, taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce fever and aches, and avoiding close contact with others for the first few days. Drink plenty of fluids, and if you aren’t able to eat much solid food, make sure those fluids contain some salt and sugar — juice, soup, sports drinks, for example — to keep your electrolytes in balance.

Here’s more on how to manage your flu symptoms and here’s how to deal with norovirus by Ms. Cynthia Mattia, RN, Director of Health Services, Georgian Court University Health Center

Take Care!