The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a reminder to parents of five steps they can take to reduce the spread of viruses in the community as schools return. Along with increasing cases of norovirus, the UKHSA has warned of higher levels of other gastrointestinal infections, such as E.coli. In a message to parents, they emphasized the importance of washing hands with soap and warm water and using bleach-based products to clean surfaces to prevent infections from spreading. They also advised against preparing food for others if symptoms are present, avoiding visiting people in hospitals and care homes, and staying home from work, school, or nursery until 48 hours after symptoms have stopped. Dr. Catherine Falconer, Deputy Director of Health Equity and Inclusion Health at UKHSA, highlighted the importance of taking steps to keep households healthy and prevent the spread of infections. The UKHSA also offered guidance on when parents should keep their children home from school based on symptoms such as a fever and gastrointestinal issues.
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