Infectious Diseases

Information for parents about Infectious Diseases from Health England
Advice from Cornwall Council about Norovirus

Children and staff with symptoms of norovirus should: 

  • Stay away from work or school until they have been free of symptoms for at least 48 hours and avoid contact with others where possible.
  • Keep hydrated by drinking fluids as tolerated
  • If symptoms persist (more than 48 hours), phone the GP or the NHS non-emergency number 111 for advice.
  • Encourage staff and students to wash hands thoroughly with soap and water regularly but particularly after toilet visits and before eating and handling food. Alcohol hand gel is not effective against norovirus
  • Do not visit friends or relatives in hospital or residential care homes as there is a real risk of introducing the infection to the establishment
  • Do not handle or prepare food for other people until symptom free for at least 48 hours.
  • Exclude ill children and staff from school trips and residential trips, consider postponing during an outbreak