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The norovirus is a highly contagious virus that spreads easily through food. Statistics have suggested that more than half of all food borne diseases is from the norovirus. Oftentimes, a lot of people who may have the norovirus infection don’t even know about it, because it mimics the symptoms of a stomach flu or diarrhea, when in reality it’s a little more serious than that. The good news is that there is no need to panic – this virus is rarely fatal, and can in fact be treated very easily. However, there are ways to prevent this condition. Basic awareness is step one. Individuals from low income groups or illiterate populations are not aware of such conditions, but unfortunately are the biggest victims of it.

At Impact Guru, we’d like to explore how a crowdfunding India can help low income groups prevent ailments that are caused by unhygienic environments and poor sanitation facilities. Educating people about probable treatments, helping them raise money for treatments, making them aware about food hygiene, are a few things that can be achieved with a little bit of initiative and a financial kickstart from a crowdfunding India platform.

Food hygiene education

People from low income groups seldom eat prepackaged meals or processed foods, which is generally a better eating practice. But this also means that they are vulnerable to diseases and ailments that spread through fresh food or produce. While we can’t ask every person to buy expensive organic produce for their daily meals, we can surely teach certain practices such as washing, soaking, leeching, peeling, and steaming or food, to kill any bacteria. Something as simple as soaking raw vegetables in salt water for a few minutes before consumption, may keep bacterias and viruses at bay. Raise funds to run programs that teach these practices, especially among vulnerable populations.

Cleanliness and sanitation

Ensuring that the water being used especially for cooking and drinking, is purified and clean, is crucial. Besides that, simple preventive practices such as washing your hands with soap before touching any food, keeping your kitchen space and surrounding environment clean.

Treatment of norovirus infections

Norovirus can cause severe gastroenteritis, vomiting, diarrhea, and dehydration. In severe cases this might even imply temporary hospitalization. If there’s anyone who’s unable to afford medications, hospitalization, or doctor’s fees, help them get financial assistance for medical treatments through a crowdfunding India campaign.

If you or anyone you know needs medical treatment, financial help is just one campaign away on Impact Guru.