The snow and cold UK weather this weekend could cause norovirus, the winter vomiting bug, the NHS has warned.
The risk of infection from norovirus increases during cold, winter weather.
Norovirus can be caught at any time of the year, but appears more common in the winter.
It’s one of the most common stomach bugs in the UK, and can lead to vomiting, diarrhoea and sudden feelings of nausea.
“Also known as the winter vomiting bug, norovirus is an extremely infectious stomach bug,” the NHS said.
“It can strike all year round, but is more common in winter and in places such as hotels, hospitals, nursing homes and schools.
“The illness is unpleasant, but it’s usually over within a few days.
“Young children and the elderly are especially at risk.”
Norovirus symptoms can also include a fever, headaches, stomach cramps and aching limbs.
Signs of infection usually appear one or two days after becoming infected, and can last for up to three days.
Although the condition is unpleasant, it usually clears up by itself within a few days.
There’s usually no reason to see a GP. Seeing a doctor risks spreading the virus to other people, the NHS said.
If you do become infected with norovirus this weekend, the best thing to do is to drink plenty of fluids.
Drinking lots of fluids help to prevent dehydration, as the vomiting and diarrhoea causes more water to leave the body than usual.
Painkillers could help to relieve any fevers or aches and pains, while getting plenty of rest could help you to get over the viral infection sooner.
The best foods to eat are plain foods, including soup, rice, pasta and bread.