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Noro is Back

PSA: Stop reading Wesleying and wash your hands. Again.

This is not a drill. Anyone who caught the plague last semester may have been lulled into a false sense of security, but be warned: the unwelcome invader that had you leaning over a toilet last spring (on a weeknight) is back for a sequel, and it wants revenge. This morning, the Health Center Staff sent out a Public Health Advisory informing the student body of a recent increase of stomach flu in the surrounding area. In case you still haven’t figured out why you’re vomiting, a helpful description of the norovirus’ symptoms was provided:

The onset of gastroenteritis may be gradual (over 12-24 hours) or more sudden, sometimes waking students from sleep with a bout of nausea and vomiting, accompanied in some cases by headache, dizziness, sense of temperature disequilibrium and fatigue.  In some cases the diarrhea starts immediately, but in most it starts about 12 hours after the vomiting, which has usually resolved by that time.

The no-no virus is usually transmitted via a fecal-oral route. In other words, WASH YO HANDS. And for the last time, please stop eating poop, guys.

The Health Center additionally warns that, should you fall prey to this most vicious ailment, “the intervening hours are miserable.” Prepare yourselves. E-mail your Global Change and Infectious Disease professor. It’s only a matter of time before the enemy infiltrates Old Meth. E-mail provided after the jump.

Diarrhea Planet at WestCo Cafe

Get the runs down to the WestCo Cafe to hear Diarrhea Planet Thursday night:

Their sound has often been described as The Ramones holding Van Halen hostage with an arsenal of fireworks and explosives. Diarrhea Planet’s four guitarists provide enough riffs to make Jack Black squeal like a schoolgirl, while lead singer Hodan delivers enough hooks to straighten the curl out of Justin Timberlake’s hair. In a world of unintelligible lo-fi recording, reverb drenched vocals, and tuneless guitars, Diarrhea Planet aims to put the backbone back into rock and roll.

The band’s full length album, Loose Jewels, came out this past September. Check them out–their messy, loose music will cause your muscles to tense in cathartic pleasure.

The Appledaughters (Sam Long ’12, Howe Pearson ’12, Jon Saalfield ’12, and Gabe Greenberg ’14) will be opening.

Date: Thursday, March 1
Time:
9:30 p.m. until 12 a.m.
Cost: Gatorade, Saltines, maybe a light soup, hopefully not this.
Music. Facebook Event.

Outside the Wes Bubble: Norovirus Goes Viral

Wesleyan seems to have become intimately acquainted with the Gastro virus over the past few weeks, but we’re not the only ones: this virus is seriously getting around on northeastern campuses, spreading puke, diarrhea, and cramps like holiday cheer wherever it goes. It all feels a bit like Invasion of the Body Snatchers, but [spoiler alert] even Donald Sutherland succumbs in the end. So it goes.

Down at GW University in DC, health officials have identified approximately 85 cases of gastrointestinal fun, with many more likely unreported. “Hand sanitizer also continues to be supplied at stands located in high-traffic areas,” offers up the health advisory, apparently unaware that hand sanitizer is totally not sufficient to stop the spread.

What’s more, GW Norovirus has taken to Twitter to let prospective targets know what’s up:

Health Center: Fecal Matter –> Vomiting, Diarrhea

The first thing I think of when I see the word “diarrhea.”

At 11:38 AM today (Tuesday, January 31), an email went out to all students on campus entitled “Norovirus Advisory.” Like me, a lot of people probably looked at this, saw things about being sick, said “Wow, this is long, and I don’t really get sick!” and then moved on to other things. After reading this more carefully, I went through and distilled the email into a few bullet points. The rest of the letter is quoted in its entirety after the jump.

  • Subject of Email: Gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea) that has begun cropping up on campus in the past few days.
  • Can be gradual or sudden
  • Symptoms: Nausea, vomiting, headache, dizziness, “sense of temperature disequilibrium, fatigue. Diarrhea often starts 12 hours after vomiting (which is usually resolved by that time).
  • Transmission is “fecal-oral” due to failure to wash hands before food preparation/consumption. “That’s right, you get it by eating poop.” (Actual quote, bolded below).
  • Contagious for first 24-48 hours (about how long the illness acts); non-contagious after 72 hours.
  • Prevention: Wash hands! Hand sanitizer does not work. Don’t share towels, cups, silverware, toothbrushes, etc. Don’t eat communal food.
  • Details on what to do if you get sick are bolded below in the letter.
  • Health Center phone number: (860) 685-2470.
  • Health Center hours: 9-6 Monday – Thursday, 9-5 Friday, 10-2 Saturdays. Doctor is on call when they are closed.