Touted by epidemiologists as a near-perfect human pathogen, norovirus has undoubtedly left a sick impression on almost everyone at some point. Few can forget 24 or more hours filled with vomiting, diarrhea, fever, aches and pains—especially when it strikes children.
Infamous for causing outbreaks on cruise ships, restaurants, schools and college campuses, this most common gastrointestinal bug is relentless in its ability to take people down. But part of the problem is that norovirus doesn't behave like other viruses, such as influenza and the common cold. And that means that most people have been wrong in their attempts to contain it.