Learn to Avoid Those Campus Germs

29.03.2018

Yay, it’s Spring! And that means that our immunity is weak. I just spent a sick-free month gallivanting around Europe. I ate to my heart’s content and for once in my life, I didn’t spend a single day of my holiday cooped up in a hotel room nursing a cold, it was glorious.  I know I may come off sounding a little harsh, but let’s get real here, a college campus come. It is an absolute haven for bacteria and germs, and if you want to get through a semester without getting sick, there are a number of steps you need to take.
 
 
1) Get a flu shot
 
I have never had a flu shot. Period. Last year I had a bout of the flu and it took me almost two months to recuperate. I missed so many days at school that I had to get special permission from my doctor that allowed me to take my midterms at a later date. I was completely bed-bound. It was the first time in my life that I had ever had the flu, and it is the last time that I go into the Winter season without getting a flu shot. So after you’re finished reading this, head off to the RN on campus and get yourself a flu shot.
 
2) Wash your hands religiously
 
You’re going to want to carry around a healthy supply of hand moisturizer in your purse, because you are going to be spending a lot of time keeping those hands clean. It’s such a simple thing, but so many people forget to do it. This is the time when it’s okay to use anti-bacterial soap and hand sanitizer. There are all these arguments against this, and some say that using these products can actually harm your immune system. That’s one way of looking at it, but there are other things that we can do to help boost that delicate immune system.
 
3) Take your vitamins
 
Yes, your mother probably told you this for most of your life, and guess what? She was right! Taking your multivitamins will definitely help keep your body in tip top form. Vitamins you want to specifically focus on would be Vitamin D, Vitamin C and Vitamin A. And while you’re at it, make sure you’re getting your fair share of Omega-3 and 6.
 
4) Wear gloves on public transit
 
This may sound a bit like we’re taking it to the extreme, but it’ll certainly save your hands if you don’t want to be washing your hands ten times a day. It’s not like you have to wear surgical gloves, you can be totally fashionable and chic, and rock a pair of driving gloves if you really want. The whole point is to keep germs on your gloves, so make sure you keep your hands away from your mouth.
 
These are just a few general pointers for keeping healthy this semester. I’ll definitely be talking more specifically about how to stave off the common cold and how to build up your body’s immune system.

Article last time updated on 29.03.2018.

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