How to Kill Rotavirus

Rotavirus is a contagious virus that is the leading cause for vomiting and diarrhea illnesses. The rotavirus can survive up to four hours on human hands, 10 days on solid, dry surfaces and for weeks on wet surfaces. You can prevent rotavirus by cleaning and washing your hands frequently. But once rotavirus enters your body, there is no medicine to kill it. Thus, treatment is focused on supportive care.

How to Kill Rotavirus

Rub an alcohol-based hand sanitizer on your hands regularly to kill an active rotavirus in seconds.

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Wash contaminated surface areas with a chlorine-based disinfectant to kill rotavirus.

Eat yogurt containing active cultures, such as the bacteria Lactobacillus. The bacteria in the yogurt will help speed your recovery from rotavirus and calm your diarrhea.

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Drink plenty of clear liquids or sports drinks containing electrolytes. Suck on ice if you are vomiting.

Fast for a few hours to let your stomach settle.


Avoid caffeine and alcohol until you are recovered from the rotavirus.