Ah, fall. The leaves. The breezes. The pumpkin-flavored everything. The loud, drawn-out sniffles that interrupt your lectures. It’s no surprise that changing weather means a new round of colds and flus. What can you do to ward off the pervasive germs? Here are some preventative measures, for which I must give credit to webMD.
- Wash your hands. Seriously. And keep them away from your nose, mouth and food.
- Carry hand sanitizer and antibacterial wipes. How many other people touched that keyboard, desk or door before you?
- Exercise. Even 20-30 minutes of cardio a few times a week will help your immune system.
- Drink more juice. At this point nobody is sure whether or not vitamin C prevents colds, but it’s worth a try, right?
Guess what else? Flu shots are available at PUSH for students. They’re $20 and you can go Monday-Friday from 8:30-4:30.
If you do get sick, visit urgent care at PUSH. If you get too sick to leave, let your RA know, because sick trays are available through your residence hall’s main office.
The last time I got sick, you know what my doctor’s number one prescription was? Rest and plenty of fluids. If you think rest means “do something other than go to class or study,” think again. Sleep is one of the best things you can do right now. And “plenty of fluids” is at least three quarts a day. Remember that fluids can also be soup, popsicles and gelatin.
Stay well now, or get well soon!