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13 Things You Should Know About Stomach Flu

Got a stomach virus? These germs cause gastroenteritis, which has symptoms like nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

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These germs are tough

Compared to other viruses, noroviruses can be surprisingly hardy and live for days on household surfaces, which is why they spread easily. (That, and very few virus particles are needed to cause an infection.)

Wash your hands with soap and water, which is more effective than hand sanitizers. Avoid food prep if you're sick (you can still be infectious for 3 days or more after symptoms wane), and wash laundry carefully, using gloves to handle soiled clothing and bedding if you can.

Use a bleach-based cleaner to kill virus particles on hard surfaces.

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