Avoiding the Radford plague

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Hannah Curran

hcurran1@radford.edu

This time of year is most commonly connected with the spread of every virus and sickness you can think of. The health center is super busy trying to help everyone either get better or avoid getting sick. Living in dorms and being in a nearby campus leads to the rapid spread of anything you can catch. However, there are many ways you can try to avoid getting sick this time of year by taking precautions around campus and with yourself.

First off, you can wash your hands regularly. This can prevent germs from spreading if you come in contact with something. Also, make sure to cover your mouth if you cough, so you do not get anyone else sick. Another way to help build your immune system is to make sure you are drinking lots of water to stay hydrated as well as make sure you are eating healthy meals. One of the easiest ways to get sick is my putting your hands in your mouth, so if you bite your fingernails stop before it makes you get sick. As well as keeping yourself sick there are ways to make sure you do not make someone else sick if you do catch something.

Sickness spreads around campus very fast because once one person gets it, it is very easy to the next person and the next person to get it as well. Some important things you can do to stop the spread of what you have are things like washing your hands, covering your mouth, not sharing drinks, and making sure you go to the health center. If you get sick, the sooner you go to the health center, the sooner you can get feelings better and hopefully not get anyone else sick.

If you do get sick, there are also some things you can do to help feel better. Green tea is excellent for feeling better as well as most hot drinks if you have a sore throat. Cough drops can also help if that’s an issue you have because you do not want to annoy everyone in your classes. If you start feeling sick be sure to take medicine if that can help you and make sure you are getting enough sleep at night so you can fight whatever you caught.

No matter what precautions we all take this time of year something will probably spread around campus. But it is always good to try to limit it and save yourself from getting sick or making some else sick. Be sure to take care of yourself and hopefully that can save you some trouble with the holiday months coming up soon.