Grape Juice/Stomach Virus Method: I Tried It & Here's What Happened... by Heather Murphy-Fritz
When the rotavirus came to my house last year, I was told by a friend about the grape juice/stomach virus myth making the rounds on Facebook and decided to research it. All of my research stated that hand washing is the best way to prevent the spread of stomach viruses.
The grape juice “method” is simple: once someone else close to you is sick with the stomach virus, but you are not yet showing symptoms, drink three glasses of grape juice daily for two to three days after the other person was sick. I am already a slightly obsessive hand washer, but unfortunately have an immune system that seems to catch everything that comes my way. I decided to go ahead and try this mystical grape juice method.
I started it on a Friday, the first day my son was sick. My daughter starting vomiting on me on Saturday. I even slipped and fell in her puke on the bathroom floor. However, even with all of these germs on and around me, I didn’t get sick! I was rotavirus free. Was it the grape juice? Excellent hand washing? I have no idea.
If you find yourself near someone who has the stomach virus, wash your hands thoroughly and often. If you are open to it, try the grape juice idea.
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