Applied math reveals the key to stopping norovirus lies — literally — in our own hands

From stately cruise ships to Olympic host cities, recent headline-grabbing outbreaks prove that norovirus, an incapacitating stomach bug, can strike anywhere and anytime. A new study uses mathematical modelling and data from real-world cruise ship outbreaks to find the best way of stopping the disease’s spread. Their surprising results reveal that washing your hands is more effective than surface cleaning or even quarantine at breaking the chain of transmission.

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