How to Avoid Contracting the Residence Flu 

When you thought moving into a new environment couldn’t get more complicated, it did. You caught the res flu. Did you know some viruses can live on surfaces anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days? A residence is a perfect formula for people and areas of opportunity for viruses to thrive. Influenza, also known as “the flu,” is a common upper respiratory infection that often runs lavishly through campuses. It may just start as a headache, cough or sore throat. Other symptoms include fever, loss of appetite, fatigue, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea. Thankfully there are ways you can strengthen your immune system to avoid illness.

One preventable measure is washing your hands with warm and soapy water, preferably thoroughly and frequently. Regular exercise helps your immune system and speeds recovery time from illness. Healthy eating provides many of the same benefits! Studies have also shown that smiling boosts your immune system, so tell a joke to a friend and tell them you are looking out for their health! Also, if you haven’t noticed, there are hand sanitizer bottles everywhere you turn on campus, and they are not there for decoration. The flu shot is another excellent way to protect yourself and others around you. People should also be accustomed to not touching their mouth, eyes, nose after touching public surfaces.

If you do unfortunately catch the flu, it is suggested that you avoid contact with other people unless, of course, you are seeking out medical attention. While isolating yourself, you must be getting lots of rest and stay hydrated. Let your residence team know if there is anything you need as they might assist you or point you to individuals who can! Also, make sure to contact your professors as they are very accommodating under the current circumstances.

Word of the week: Masks. I am not talking about the ones people wore on Halloween; I mean non-medical cloth face masks. There has been an increase in students not wearing masks on campus. While it is no longer required that students wear a mask while outside, they are still mandatory in all indoor spaces and when social distancing cannot be maintained. Remember, “Mounties Wear Masks”!

For more information on the flu virus, click here.

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