The winter time can bring more than cold weather. For many, it brings illness, too.

While a lot of people fear the flu, Norovirus is one common seasonal culprit.

To protect yourself and those around you from it, Epidemiologist, Jill Baber with North Dakota Department of Health advises to wash your hands often for at least 20 seconds each time. Soap and water tends to better prevent illness, rather than using hand sanitizer.

Norovirus causes about half of all stomach bugs and there’s usually an increase around the winter time since it’s spread from person to person.
It could be by touching one another or even surfaces.

If you do get stuck with a stomach bug, wait it out by eating light and getting lots of fluids to prevent dehydration.

If you do think you’re dehydrated, seek medical treatment right away.

When you’re better, use a bleach solution to wash your bathroom and surfaces around the house.

Follow directions on a bleach solution bottle or use disinfectant wipes with bleach.

You can expect a stomach bug to last anywhere from one to three days, so washing your hands a few more times than what you normally would could spare you sickness this holiday season.