Norovirus is a highly contagious virus that can be spread through contact with an infected person, an infected object, or through the air. It can also be spread through bodily fluids. Because Norovirus is so contagious, infection control procedures are essential to containing an outbreak.
Hospitals and other healthcare facilities are especially susceptible to Norovirus outbreaks. These types of facilities contain a large number of people in a confined space, most of which are already being treated for an illness. Both healthcare workers and cleaning professionals have a responsibility to keep the facility clean and sanitary, and keep the patients healthy.
Proper hand hygiene by health care workers is essential. Workers should frequently wash hands with soap and warm water, and keep hand sanitizer on hand as well. Disinfectant wipes can be kept in patient rooms and at desks, so that surfaces can be disinfected quickly if the need arises, or routinely throughout the day.
Daily cleaning done at healthcare facilities should include disinfecting with an EPA-registered disinfectant with claims against Norovirus. When disinfecting, be sure to dilute the product to the correct dilution rate, which can be found on the label. Apply the disinfectant to the desired surface, spreading it evenly with a cloth or mop, and be sure to leave the surface visibly wet. Read the label to determine the contact time of the disinfectant, which is the amount of time the product needs to be left on the surface before it can be wiped clean. If possible, let the surface air dry.
Multi-Clean offers three EPA-registered disinfectants with claims against Norovirus. For more information about these products, and detailed information on infection control procedures, visit our Infection Control Webpage.
For more information about Norovirus, including symptoms, transmission, and treatment, visit its CDC Webpage.