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Norovirus Dos and Don’ts

The Norovirus is a stomach bug that is spreading like wildfire this season. Also called GII.4 Sydney, the illness can cause violent vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps and according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “Each year, norovirus leads to about 21 million illnesses, 70,000 hospitalizations and 800 deaths”. It typically lasts two to three days.

What can you do if you get norovirus? Well, the first thing you should do is to stay hydrated. Dehydration is the biggest danger with this virus because of the huge amounts of water lost during vomiting and diarrhea. Drinking water or fluid replacement drinks like sports drinks or nutrition aides will help your body to get the water and other essential nutrients it needs to function. If you are too nauseated to drink, suck on a popsicle or even an ice cube. Whatever it takes to keep hydrated.

Once you are feeling a little less nauseated you should try foods carefully. Avoid greasy foods or things that are hard for your body to digest like nuts. Instead stick to clear broths, Jell-O, or even cheerios. These foods are easy on your stomach and usually can be kept down without a problem.

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Tips for Avoiding Germs and Sickness on Campus

Getting sick can really put a damper on your college experience. Germs lead to sickness and are everywhere on campus, which is why you should make it one of your top priorities to avoid them whenever possible. Here are a few tips on avoiding germs and sickness on campus.

Basic Rules

By following a few basic rules of hygiene, you can greatly reduce your risk of getting sick. Washing your hands after using the restroom, going to class, or visiting common areas will really cut your risk of getting sick. Using an alcohol based hand sanitizer is also a good way to fight germs. Even with frequent washing, it is important that you refrain from touching your eyes, nose, and mouth. Not only does this decrease your risk of getting sick, but it will also help to stop from spreading your germs to others. If you have to sneeze or cough, try to cover your mouth with your arm or a tissue. Avoiding sickness is easier if everyone does their part to prevent the spread of germs.

Extra Help

Other than the most basic ways to prevent sickness, it is important that you take extra precautions such as getting your flu shot. The flu is a nasty sickness and it is easily spread. Getting your vaccination greatly reduces your risk of catching the flu. While in college, you may be tempted to s (Read More)....