RNC Turns Into Literal Sh*tshow As Norovirus Illness Sweeps Convention

We are only on day two of the Republican National Convention, and it has already proved to be every bit the circus we expected. From chaos over roll call votes to stolen speeches, it has been a disaster from the start. Now, it has turned into a literal shitshow as an illness believed to be norovirus is sweeping the convention.

Peter Schade, the Erie County health commissioner who is investigating the outbreak, said so far, at least 11 members of the California delegation’s advance team are displaying symptoms consistent with norovirus. They are all reportedly lodged in a hotel located in Sandusky, Ohio, which is located about an hour outside of Cleveland. Officials are trying to contain the illness but norovirus is easily spread, so the number of stricken right-wingers is likely to spread.

We’ve got about 11 who have been sick over the last few days,” Schade said. “We’ve been out there every day and working with them to eliminate the spread [between] the resort and the delegation from California.

The health department is reportedly working to determine if the GOP staffers are indeed suffering from norovirus, which causes explosive diarrhea and vomiting. The illness usually runs its course in 24 to 72 hours, but it is well-known for being exceedingly contagious.

According to Jim Brulte, the California delegation chairman, said that “to the best of our knowledge,” delegation staff members are the only people affected by the illness so far. However, the hotel they are staying in is an indoor waterpark, which is likely to help the pesky bug spread. Brulte said they have added hand sanitizer in the wake of the illness and emailed delegates on precautions.

Norovirus is spread through the fecal-oral route, and yes, that is exactly what it sounds like. You can catch it just by touching a surface that has been contaminated and later putting your fingers in your mouth. Eating food prepared by someone who is infected is also a good way to find yourself sick with the bug. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention noroviruses are the leading cause of illness and outbreaks caused by contaminated food.

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