Norovirus is a very contagious virus. You can get norovirus from an infected person, contaminated food or water, or by touching contaminated surfaces. The virus causes your stomach or intestines or both to get inflamed. This leads you to have stomach pain, nausea, and diarrhea and to throw up for up to 48 hours. It’s not pretty, trust me. I’ve had it.
Not Just a Cruise Ship Virus
The Center of Disease Control says, “Norovirus is the most common cause of acute gastroenteritis in the United States. Each year, it causes 19-21 million illnesses.” According to Cruise Line International Association, “Americans have a 1 in 15 chance of getting norovirus on land each year, compared to a 1 in 12,000 chance on a cruise.” The reason norovirus has the stigma as a “cruise ship virus” is because if it happens on a ship, it’s required to be reported to the CDC. If it happens on