Holiday Stomach Flu Isn't a Coincidence - Page 2
2. Stomach flu is frequently CAUSED by poor food preparation. Poor food
handling can cause the norovirus, which presents as stomach flu. Unfortunately, the norovirus is contagious and incidents of this virus sharply increase during summer picnics and Winter Holiday Season, due to POOR FOOD PREPARATION. It's not a coincidence.
3. Someone who had the stomach flu is contagious up to three days after they start feeling better. You can't send kids back to school or daycare the same
day they stop throwing up. They will get everyone sick.
However I was actually a bit relieved by these finding because at least we can actively work to prevent stomach flu during the holidays. For example, my Aunt makes an amazing beef tenderloin on Christmas Eve. Luckily she has worked in restaurants for years and she literally uses a plastic glove to prepare the meat. This would probably seem odd to most people and I doubt this is a common practice in most family meals, but I'm so glad she does! We can prevent the norovirus (stomach flu) and that's very good news to a freak like me!
So, I make a plea on behalf of everyone who hates to vomit, which is probably
the entire civilized world. Let's make a pact. If you know your family is sick, don't take your kids anywhere. Don't take them to school. Don't take them to Mother's Day Out. Don't take them to the mall the second they start feeling better. Stay home and get well and disinfect. Oh, and use gloves and wash your hands when preparing food. I beg of you.