Must know signs of new norovirus

Along with influenza outbreak, soon we might deal with another type of extremely contagious virus, a new strain of norovirus from Sydney known as GII.4.

Norovirus, commonly known as cruise-ship virus, has symptoms including nausea, profuse diarrhea and/or vomiting. It survives on non-disinfected surfaces for a long time and is difficult to wash away. It spreads via contaminated food and through contact with anyone infected.

Young children and the elderly are especially susceptible because extreme vomiting/diarrhea can dehydrate the patient, causing a drop in blood pressure, which may lead to fainting.

As antibiotics only eliminate bacteria, it does not treat norovirus. There is no current vaccine-only symptomatic relief. If you experience mild-moderate symptoms, get plenty of rest and replace fluids lost from vomiting and diarrhea by drinking pedialyte or even Gatorade. These liquids help correct any electrolyte loss.

The best way to avoid norovirus is by diligently washing hands with soap, routinely disinfecting public surfaces before use and thoroughly cooking shellfish. If you become ill, stay away from work and do not prepare food for others.

Christin Pansawira

Student pharmacist UCSF School of Pharmacy Class of 2014 Union City

Arming teachers is ludicrous idea


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Most of us who favor gun control propose banning semi-automatic assault guns, not all guns.

The idea of armed teachers is ludicrous. Students do assault teachers. If an "adult size" student smacks you in the face and you have a gun, what will be your reaction?

Adam Lanza took his mother's guns, as have other students; and arming teachers will be followed by students taking and using their guns.

Most gun owners are killed by their own weapons during a burglary than use their guns to defend themselves, a fact the NRA does not want its members to know.

John Carr

Concord

Didn't we learn from Penn State?

When I saw the television report on the firing of the varsity football coach at St. Patrick-St. Vincent High School in Vallejo, my initial reaction was that he was being treated unfairly.

After reading the print story of the incident and getting a better feel for the whole story, one has to ask Chris Cerbone: Didn't you learn the lesson of Penn State?

Cerbone was a police officer and should have known that his responsibility was to report what he had discovered directly to police, not to anyone else at the school, especially since he determined the hazing amounted to sexual assault.

Instead, he reported it to his supervisor probably with hopes that the matter would be taken out of his hands and dealt with properly. Isn't that what Joe Paterno thought would happen?

Cerbone erred on the side of caution and it got him axed, but he isn't the only one who should have been fired. The other coach who responded with the "it's not my problem" answer when the hazing was reported to him should also be held as accountable as Cerbone.

Morris Soublet

Hayward

What is real problem we need to address?

With the recent shootings in Colorado, Connecticut and New York, some of our legislators are demanding more gun control.

I would like to know if it is gun violence or drug violence that is the problem.

I have not seen any toxicology reports on the killers in these mass murders. Were the shooters high or drunk when they committed their crimes? Did they have a long history of drug abuse?

It would be important to find out if James Holmes was high on marijuana or another drug when he fired his semi-automatic rifle into an Aurora theater full of people; and the state of Colorado just legalized marijuana.

What is the problem we need to address?

Bob Bean

Hayward