Can you catch gastro from someone?

Yes, gastroenteritis, also known as stomach flu, can be highly contagious and spread from person to person through contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, or through close contact with infected individuals. The virus or bacteria that causes gastroenteritis can be present in the stool or vomit of infected individuals, and can be spread when people do not wash their hands properly after using the bathroom or when changing diapers.

Other ways that gastroenteritis can be spread include:

  1. Consuming contaminated food or water: Gastroenteritis can be spread through contaminated food or water, especially in areas with poor sanitation or hygiene.
  2. Contact with infected animals: Some strains of gastroenteritis, such as E. coli, can be spread through contact with infected animals or animal feces.
  3. Airborne transmission: Some strains of gastroenteritis, such as norovirus, can be spread through airborne particles when infected individuals vomit or flush toilets.

To prevent the spread of gastroenteritis, it is important to practice good hygiene, such as washing hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, disinfecting surfaces and objects, avoiding close contact with infected individuals, and staying home if you are sick.

If you are experiencing symptoms of gastroenteritis, it is important to avoid contact with others to prevent the spread of infection.