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ON POINT: Expert's take on dangers of norovirus during winter months Updated: 2022-01-21 05:45:32 KST

Now it’s time for On Point, where we speak to experts to delve deeper into the biggest news stories in the spotlight right now.
COVID-19 is on most people’s minds, but unfortunately we have to inform you that it’s also norovirus season.
Norovirus is a very common stomach bug in a many countries, including South Korea.
Sometimes called “the winter vomiting bug,” it’s extremely contagious so it spreads easily in environments such as schools, hospitals and other tightly-packed and enclosed areas.
You can fall foul of it at any time of the year, but it’s much more common to see people coming down with it during the colder winter months - and we are slap bang in the middle of that in Korea.
So if a new variant of COVID-19 wasn’t enough to worry about, we have to be on guard against this nasty bug -that can lay us out for days.

For more on this we are joined by Doctor Bruce Lee, Professor of Health Policy and Management at the City University of New York.

Doctor, for viewers who want to be alert to the symptoms of norovirus, can you describe what they are, how does it normally spread… and can we easily tell it isn’t COVID-19?

It sounds very unpleasant. How long does it normally take a healthy person to recover from norovirus? And is it advisable to go to the hospital or just try and sleep it off at home?

Do you have any tips on how to make the experience a little more comfortable? I hear that it’s best to rest up and drink as much fluid as you can…

Finally, New York has been hit particularly hard by COVID-19. Are officials there concerned that hospitals could be overwhelmed if the city is hit by a COVID-norovirus combo and have countermeasures been put in place?

Doctor Lee, we appreciate you making time for us. Thanks a lot and have a great weekend
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