SURVIVOR SERIES: SURVIVNG THAT OZ PLAGUE
While some of us are saying goodbye to the “Oswego Plague”, others are trying to run away from it. And for those of you who don’t know what exactly we’re talking about, know that we are not talking about the plague that was responsible for the death of hundreds of thousands across Europe and Africa. No, this plague (while not as severe) comes with common symptoms that affect tons of students all at once, every year at the same time. Like the flu, symptoms range from scratchy throats and coughing to sneezing and congestion. Below, we will share different ways you can prevent being one more Laker affected by the “Oz Plague”.
- Get Your Shot. This one’s simple. Not only is it provided by Mary Walker and recommended by every physician, the flu shot has proven to be one of the best ways to avoid getting sick.
- Wash. Your. Hands. At this point, I don’t think it can be said enough. We use our hands for everything; to write, to type, to open a door, etc., our hands are a gateway for all sorts of nasty germs. Yet, there is a high probability that someone who is sick has gone without a washing and touched the things around us. One must understand that our hands contain billions of germs, and it if we do not clean them often, then we can bring these germs into our systems.
- Keep Moving. Sweating relieves the body of all sorts of toxins. In general, exercising can help increase circulation of our immune cells and make us feel both emotionally and physically better. And while exercising is definitely beneficial, we’re not saying that you should go run a 5K. No, when you’re sick try some solo exercise like going for walks, instead of going to the gym where you’ll come into contact with more people and equipment.
- Clean Around You. Sanitizing your personal belongings often (recommendation is at least twice a week) you decrease the likelihood of getting sick. And while sharing is caring, we must be cautious because our stuff becomes even more germ-filled when considering that the person borrowing it could be getting sick.
Written By Stacy Palacios, Peer Educator
Photo Cred: Sheldon