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A 30-year-old member asked:

is it safe to be around someone with a stomach virus?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ralph Morgan Lewis
Family Medicine 38 years experience
If you're careful: If you are careful about washing your hands after touching things the sick person has touched and you avoid sharing drinking/eating utensils or having direct contact with oral/fecal secretions, you may escape. The sick person should also take precautions of sterilizing frequently handled surfaces (cellphones, faucet handles, door handles, tv remote, etc).
Dr. Thomas Doyle
Emergency Medicine 32 years experience
Usually yes: If you practice good hygiene (don't share food or drinks, wash hands frequently, etc.) the chances of contagion are low in most cases. If someone is immunocompromised or chronically ill, extra precautions or isolation should be observed. Some viruses which cause vomiting may be spread via the respiratory tract, but that is not as common.

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A 30-year-old member asked:

How long does a stomach virus live on clothing or bed sheets?

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Dr. Stephen DAmico
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Viral life: Most virus do not live outside a host for more than a few hours. It would be rare to find them on a bed sheet or clothing. Common viruses are spread by contact from host to host. An example is the flu; infected individuals can spread the flu virus from the day before they begin to feel ill until 3–7 days after the start of flu symptoms.
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How do you treat a stomach virus?

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A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the juststation period for the stomach virus?

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Greensburg, PA
A 39-year-old male asked:

Is there a stomach virus going around in the greensburg, pa area?

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Dr. Ester Kwok
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
?perhaps: In our area (northern calif), we've had an outbreak of norovirus. Besides norovirus, there are also other enteroviruses which can cause diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, muscle aches, fatigue, and headache. Perhaps pennsylvania is seeing some activity of these common viruses.
Greensburg, PA
A 39-year-old male asked:

Is there a stomach virus still going around in the greensburg, pa area?

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Dr. Sarah Kohl
Travel Medicine 35 years experience
Yes: Currently, early spring 2012, a form of acute gastroenteritis caused by a virus has been circulating in western pennsylvania. The complication lies in dehydration, so work hard to promote good hydration: small frequent sips of fluids such as pedialyte. You can slowly progress to your regular diet, but avoid sugary drinks such as juice, soda, and sports drinks. Call your doctor if dehydrated.

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