Norovirus moves like a Ferrari through your digestive tract

Anyone who was out at Royal Columbian Hospital around the New Year knows all about the dreaded Norovirus.

This ghastly, vomit-inducing pathogen led to the quarantine of two wards and made 18 people very sick.

A recent article by Charlie Brooker in the Guardian indicates why this virus is so horrid:

Everyone hates the norovirus, with the exception of two distinct groups. First: scientists. Professor Ian Goodfellow, who has spent the past decade studying it, has lovingly dubbed the norovirus "the Ferrari of the virus world", not because it makes the contents of your stomach accelerate from 0-60 in 3.4 seconds, but because it's so ruthlessly efficient. Requiring a mere 20 particles to seize command of its victims, the norovirus is 200 times more infectious than Daydream Believer by The Monkees. Consequently many scientists claim to be "impressed" by the thing – a bit like admiring Nazi architecture, if you ask me.

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