It`s only mid August, but I`m already getting a bit anxious about the coming winter. It`s not just the cold dark evenings that I hate, the biggest fear that I have is norovirus. I can just about cope with colds, & I get a flu jab at my local supermarket every October, but I really can`t wait for the norovirus vaccine. I know most people are very cavalier about stomach bugs, & don`t worry about catching them or spreading them to other people, but I`m emetophobic, & norovirus is the worst thing about winter by far. I can remember when I was growing up in the 50`s & 60`s, people caught stomach bugs, mainly children, but todays viruses seem to be much more vicious, I mean you read on facebook & hhear people saying that they had projectile vomiting 10, or 15 times or more in one night, & people being so ill that they ended up in hospital with dehydration, & that the drugs that they were given to stop the vomiting didn`t work. I had a few stomach upsets as a kid, but I was never anywhere near as ill as people get with noro, In fact I haven`t had a stomach virus since 1970. I take all the precautions that your`e supposed to to avoid this evil bug,
but what I can`t understand is why it`s so much more sevre nowadays. Are viruses evolving to be more virulent, or are people less resistant nowadays?