I really don't want anyone in my family to get the stomach flu, as we leave on the 26th for a trip to Mexico.
My neice last threw up Tuesday at noon. We are supposed to go stay with them today (Wed) at 5 pm.
I'm sure my neice is OK, but I'm worried about the barfing chain reaction in which someone else falls I'll right as we arrive, passing it all around in a vomit relay.
It's a household of 4, plus our 4.
Family dynamics are involved and H and I do not agree on what is reasonable.
At least a week. Probably more like 2.
So, my little guy got the stomach flu four times last winter. Once we all got it, once his big bro got it, last two it was just him.
Typically, for us, we end up coming down with it 2 days after contact. So, kid #1 barfs on Saturday. Daddy starts barfing on Monday. Mommy gets it on Weds.
However, as we REALLY try to keep people isolated, we've gotten better ... sort of. It drags it on, to be honest. Last Thanksgiving:
1. First contact was Thursday night. - Day 1
2. Kid #1 starts barfing on Saturday morning. Then again Saturday night - Day 3
3. We are due to leave on vacation on Sunday. We hold off a day. We start driving Monday afternoon. - Day 5
4. Monday night, Kid #1 has a relapse and barfs in the hotel. - Day 5
5. Tuesday morning, Kid #2 starts barfing. - Day 6
6. Husband finds a Lowe's and buys 4 paint buckets. We drive 6 hours back home.
7. Kid #2 barfs in a gas station. - Still Day 6
8. Mom and dad driving while nauseous, but we didn't eat anything.
9. Mom and dad get sick on Thursday (Thanksgiving). - Day 8
10. Kid #2 throws up again on Thanksgiving - Day 8.
11. Everybody better by Sunday - Day 11
12. Worst. Vacation. Ever.
My friend's family all got it around the same time and they cleaned the house twice but 2 weeks later her mother came over and got it. That stuff can live on surfaces for 2 weeks. Gotta bleach everything - and even then, I think it's 50/50 (based on my experience) whether you'll prevent the spread or delay.