We all know that flu season is here. With finals coming it’s super important to take care of yourself so that you feel your best for those big exams! In this blog post I will share some of my tips to avoid the flu as well as some signs that you may have more than just the common cold.
According to The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, the flu is an infection in the lungs, nose and throat. The flu is brought on from an influenza virus. Most people get the flu when they ingest tiny particles from sneezes or coughs from someone who already has the flu. This isn’t always visible so remember to cover your coughs and sneezes especially in spaces with lots of people, like lecture, dining, and residence halls.
UIHC lists a few symptoms that differentiate the flu from the common cold on their website. Some of the symptoms include body aches, chills, dizziness, flushed face and a lack of energy. If you would like to read the complete list and additional information I put the link at the bottom of this post.
Some things that we can all do to avoid the flu can be very simple! One thing is frequent hand washing. This is particularly important in the residence halls where people live in close quarters. Hand sanitizer is also a good option if soap and water are not available. It’s important to live in a clean environment at well. This means taking out the trash that could be hosting some unwanted germs, doing the laundry (especially towels, sheets and pajamas) and spraying some cleaner on surfaces that you and your roommates touch often. Common places to clean include your door handle, desk surface and sink surface. One of my last tips is to maintain a healthy lifestyle. There is nothing more important than keeping up good sleep, exercise and eating habits.
Remember, The University of Iowa wants you to do the best that you possibly can. If need be don’t hesitate to reach out to to Student Health and Wellness or even UI Quickcare. Stay healthy and rock on, Hawkeyes!