NBC Nightly News - "Highly Contagious Norovirus to Hit Already Flu-Weary U.S."
This year in particular, there’s an increase not just in the flu this time of year, but there is also a norovirus and a whopping cough outbreak going on simultaneously which is causing more people to go to the hospital looking for care. The norovirus causes severe nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. It's transmitted when people don't wash their hands after using the bathroom, leaving the virus behind on surfaces and food. "It can stay alive for long periods of time and can be transmitted easily to anybody," said Dr. Kevin Chason from The Mount Sinai Medical Center. Learn more