Sunny and Warmer, Preventing the Stomach Flu, Fiscal Cliff and Your Paycheck

Clear skies and the wind out of the south will bring a warmer afternoon. Great visibility will remain for the meteor shower tonight. Clouds will build with the next disturbance that will bring rain Saturday night with showers lingering into Sunday morning before a cold front moves through late Sunday.

TODAY: Mostly sunny and a little warmer. High: 45 Wind: S at 5-10 mph

TONIGHT: Mostly clear. Low: 42 Wind: S at 10-15 mph

FRIDAY: Mostly sunny. High: 48

Norovirus causes about 20 million gastroenteritis cases each year in the United States. There's no vaccine to prevent infection and no drug to treat it. Wash your hands often and follow simple tips to stay healthy. Noroviruses are a group of related viruses. Infection with these viruses affects the stomach and intestines and causes an illness called gastroenteritis (GAS-tro-en-ter-I-tis; inflammation of the stomach and intestines). Anyone can be infected with noroviruses and get sick. Also, you can get norovirus illness more than once during your life. The illness often begins suddenly. You may feel very sick, with stomach cramping, throwing up, or diarrhea. Noroviruses are the most common cause of gastroenteritis in the United States. CDC estimates that each year more than 20 million cases of acute gastroenteritis are caused by noroviruses. That means about 1 in every 15 Americans will get norovirus illness each year. Norovirus is also estimated to cause over 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths each year in the United States. For more information, click here.

Although some of the fiscal cliff debate has focused on reducing the national debt through spending cuts, most Americans are concerned with how jumping off the cliff will affect their paycheck. And rightfully so.  Virtually every American stands to lose money if Republicans and Democrats fail to reach an agreement by the end of the year. And although some tax increases will be noticeable when employers issue their first paychecks in 2013, others won't go into effect until Americans go to file their taxes in spring 2014. But regardless of if the country jumps off the fiscal cliff, any agreement made by lawmakers will undoubtedly end with a changed tax code. Republicans and Democrats have different visions for how the country should avert the fiscal cliff and reduce the national debt.

Julia Tullos, WOIO Assignment Manager