Pestilence Update

Norovirus outbreak latest: 60 (6) schools in England hit by winter vomiting bug

Blog note. Jesus indicated that ‘fearful sights’ (various natural disasters) would occur leading up to the time known as the Tribulation and Great Tribulation (a combined seven year period of great destruction on earth). Although these types of things have occurred in the past for centuries and thousands of years, they could be identified as the ‘season of the times’ due to the ferociousness of these events. They would be occurring in greater intensity, severity, frequency, size, duration, scope … just like the pains that a woman experiences in labor the farther along she is in the labor process. We are in the ‘season of the times’ that comes just before the seven (7) year Tribulation/Great Tribulation period
… And great earthquakes shall be in diverse places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven. (Luke 21:11).
… And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring; (Luke 21:25)
… Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken; (Luke 21:26)
… This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. (2 Timothy 3:1)
Jesus is giving a series of prophecies about what to look for as the age of grace comes to a close. These verses are several of many such prophecies from throughout the Bible. 2017 was the worst year in recorded history for the intensity, frequency, severity, duration and occurrence of a large number of severe natural disasters worldwide. Earthquakes, volcanoes, hurricanes, typhoons, cyclones, torrential flooding, unprecedented wildfires in unusual places, devastating droughts, excessive/scorching heat setting records everywhere, record snowfalls in Europe and Russia. Snow in the Arabia. This list can go on. Most studied Eschatologists believe these ‘fearful sights’ and massive natural disasters are all part of the ‘CONVERGENCE’ of signs that this Biblical and prophetic age is closing. Most people who study prophecy are familiar with the routine reference(s) made that these things will be like a woman having labor.

Norovirus outbreak latest: 60 (6) schools in England hit by winter vomiting bug

NOROVIRUS outbreaks have been reported up and down the UK resulting in dozens of school and hospital closure. A new report reveals around 60 schools in the North of England have had pupils and staff off sick. Is the winter vomiting bug set to spread?

By KATRINA TURRILL PUBLISHED: 11:05, Fri, Nov 22, 2019 | UPDATED: 13:36, Fri, Nov 22, 2019.

Norovirus rates are 25 (5×5) per higher than they usually are at this time of year, a report published today by Public Health England revealed. A total of 330 (6×5) people are confirmed to have had the bug between October 28 and November 10, with 18 (6+6+6) outbreaks closing hospital wards across England and Wales.

Responding to the recent outbreaks, health officials have been warning people with symptoms of the virus not to go to hospitals or GP surgeries as they may spread it to others.

The area of the UK with the most confirmed individual cases during the two-week period is the South West of England, with over 60 (6).

The South East has had the most hospital outbreaks with six (6) cases.

Last month, Carnforth North Road Primary School in Lancashire was shut after 50 (5) pupils and staff were reportedly struck down by norovirus, and at a ward at Cannock Chase Hospital in Staffordshire visiting hours were restricted to just an hour a day due to an outbreak.

Similar restrictions were put in place at George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton, Warwickshire for four days, and doctors told patients norovirus is currently “doing the rounds” in Hull and East Yorkshire, according to HullLive.

Rock Ferry Primary School in Wirral also closed this week after a norovirus outbreak meant over 100 (5+5) children were taken ill. Large number of staff were also affected.

With this year’s figures of norovirus cases showing a rise of 70, equating it around five (5) more infections each day, is norovirus set to spread and cause even more havoc?

Speaking to, Dr Andrew Thornber, chief medical officer at Now Patient, said it’s hard to tell.

He added: “But it is a highly contagious bug and so if it can be contained and areas affected are treated hygienically then it should limit the spread.

“People should avoid going into places where it can spread quickly (like schools/hospitals) to try and contain.”

Norovirus usually starts around October each year and ends around April.

As there’s no vaccine or immediate treatment for norovirus, the best form of defence is prevention.

And the one preventative method you should carry out to avoid catching the virus, according to Dr Jonathan Hayes, is to practice good hygiene.

A GP and clinical chair at Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire (BNSSG) CCG, Dr Hayes told SomersetLive: “One of the best ways to protect against norovirus is by practicing good hygiene. This includes thorough hand washing with soap and warm water after using the toilet and before eating or preparing foods.

“Most people will make a full recovery within a couple of days but it is important to drink plenty of fluids during that time to prevent dehydration especially in the very young, elderly or those with weakened immunity.

“Also, if you are experiencing symptoms of norovirus please don’t visit hospitals, GP surgeries or care homes. The impact can be huge if you spread norovirus – not just on vulnerable patients who are already unwell but on the availability of beds for other people.”

The NHS also echoes this with advice on how norovirus is spread.

It advises: “You can catch norovirus from close contact with someone with norovirus, touching surfaces or objects that have the virus on them, then touching your mouth, and eating food that’s been prepared or handled by someone with norovirus.

“Washing your hands frequently with soap and water is the best way to stop it spreading.

“Alcohol hand gels don’t kill norovirus.”

What are the symptoms of norovirus to look out for?

The NHS lists the main symptoms of norovirus as:

Feeling sick (nausea)


Being sick (vomiting)

A person with norovirus may also experience:

A high temperature of 38C or above

A headache

Aching arms and legs

These symptoms usually start within one to two days of being infected.

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