Rumor has it that fall and winter are the most popular times to get sick in the US. However at San Marcos, the cold and flu season is starting early and spreading faster than ever. Students are already distributing a mild cold to their friends, families and teachers, and it is only the beginning of October.
The common symptoms for this virus are congestion, sneezes, headaches, runny nose. It doesn’t sound too terrible, but it’s bad news that people are getting sick already. This cold can easily make students stay home and not focus during school hours which affects the students and the teachers that are trying to teach them.
Surveys and studies show that Americans alone suffer one billion colds each year. When you add in the flu, the number is doubled, if not tripled. But there are things you can do to avoid becoming one of those horrible statistics.
The most effective ways we have to protect not only ourselves but the ones we care about from illness is to have good personal hygiene. This means washing your hands, which is very important. Keeping your body clean can make a huge difference as well. When you are sick, it is very important that you get the proper amount of sleep needed. Obviously getting your yearly flu shot is always a good idea. Eating healthy is also a big factor in staying healthy. Having good hygiene means being very careful not to sneeze or cough on others, cleaning things that you touch if you are unwell, and putting items such as tissues into the trash.
“I was playing Ice Hockey with my team and a few of my teammates, Tommy and Jacob coughed and sneezed on me. I didn’t think that it was possible to get sick so fast. It hit me within two days,” said sophomore Ryan Mcmullen.
Ryan describes how being sick has limited his productivity during school: “I can’t focus on any homework, and I get tired easily when playing water polo,” Said Ryan.
The nurse in the wellness center, Gola Raimer, gave me some Information that is very interesting.
“The headache, stomach ache and congestion is starting early. It has been very busy in here for the past month or so. Winter hasn’t even started and that’s usually when people start to get sick,” said Ms. Raimer.
It is important to keep the community healthy for many reasons. A big reason is because since Santa Barbara is so small, sicknesses can spread faster than a wild fire. Staying healthy can make you more confident and happy with yourself and everything around you. The healthier you are, the better you will feel in the long run.