Lifestyles Center Blog

MASTERING MONDAY: FLU AND SICKNESS (EW!)

It’s that time of the year again. You know it when you see it; the tissues, the coughing, the runny noses. Everyone and their brothers are sick with some sort of cold, flu, or something in between. This mastering Monday will make you more aware as to how you can fight your recent ailments and more specifically how the sickness attacks the cells in your body. How can you stop spreading the Oswego Plague? Find out below:

Watch This:

This NPR video shows us how one sneeze can affect the people around us. In it, NPR takes us down to the cellular level and shows us how germs enter and spread throughout the body. The virus comes in contact with one cell and keeps on replicating so that it can quickly infect the body. This is one explanation as to why you do not actually feel sick until a day after.

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rpj0emEGShQ
Read This:

This Buzzfeed article talks about some of the most effective ways to ease the different symptoms presented by colds and the flu. Yes, some of these ways are slightly out of the ordinary, but they are worth a try. The most unusual remedy on the list is a garlic ginger tea. I don’t know how good it tastes but it’s said to help ease a sore throat (who would’ve thought?). So try out some of these tips below and let us know!

http://www.buzzfeed.com/hillaryreinsberg/the-only-cold-remedies-that-actually-work#.fvZy3ZR9P

Do This: Getting Rid Of Sickness

Here is some “best practices” for getting rid of any sickness.

  1. Stay Home. If you’re feeling “under the weather” and cannot get out of bed; do not go to class. Not only will others get sick, but constant interruptions from coughing and sneezing are problematic and inhibit learning for both yourself and your peers. It is okay to take a day off as long as you’re not making a habit of it (We also recommend contacting your professors that you’ll be absent).
  2. Get Plenty Of Rest. Your body needs rest to fight off sickness so, instead of being up all hours all the night, go to sleep at a reasonable time.
  3. Know Your Resources. If you don’t think any of your methods are working, feel free to stop by Mary Walker Health Center where they can give you things ranging from cough drops to medication. Not only that, complete a dining hall form for a sick tray. That way, you can have roommates or friends pick up food for you when you’re ill.
  4. Be Careful Where You Cough. If you cough/sneeze, do so into the crook of your arm to reduce the amount of pathogens in the air that can be breathed in by those around you. If you cough/sneeze into your hands then it is likely to expect germs will spread onto everything you touch thereafter.
  5. Wash ‘Em. Another way to help prevent the spread of germs is by plain ol’ hand washing with soap and water. A good way to make sure that this cleaning is sufficient is by singing the Happy Birthday song twice. That way, you can make sure your hands are actually getting cleaned. Also, make sure you get every nook and cranny of your hands so you can get every possible germ off.

Written by Emily Cooley, Peer Educator

Photo Cred: Sick People Everywhere