Vomiting Larry

Meet Vomiting Larry

The fight against Norovirus has a new hero - but he's not feeling very well

How effective is your post-vomit cleaning?

Health commentator, Michael Moseley, travelled to Britain’s Health and Safety Laboratory to meet Vomiting Larry – a device that mimics projectile vomiting – and to learn more about Norovirus.

Norovirus is Britain’s commonest winter illness. Infected people become ill within 12 hours, with fever, headache, diarrhoea and violent projectile vomiting.

Each vomit releases billions of  Norovirus particles – much more than a cough or sneeze.

As Michael found out, cleaning up all these particles after the vomit is almost impossible, and there is a high likely hood that the cleaner will end up infected. Uncleaned virus particles can remain infections for up to 12 days.

At the end of the video, Michael makes the interesting point that the only way to protect yourself from exposure to the virus is to wash your hands over and over.

And of course, the hand washing must be done correctly.

GlitterBug Potion is great tool for teaching  healthcare professionals and teachers exactly how effective their handwashing is.

GlitterBug Potion shows all the areas that have been missed – all the places that viruses and bacteria can hide, just waiting until you touch your nose or mouth.

Hand sanitiser does not kill Norovirus.