Tips on Fighting the Bethany Plague

BY GEORGE COTHRAN

TOWER staff writer

 

            Are you feeling sick? Do you have an illness that’s preventing you from attending class or an organization meeting? You may have a bad case of what we at Bethany call the “Bethany Plague”. You may be asking, “What is the Bethany Plague?” Good question! The Bethany Plague is a cold or minor flu that most students here at Bethany College get usually during the autumn season. It can be a real nuisance, especially if you are a freshman. Since college-based classes require you to attend class more than high school classes do, it can hinder your ability to learn the material taught in class since so much is being taught in one session, thus being detrimental to your grades.

 

            The next question you may be asking is “How can I take care of the Bethany Plague?” There are many ways to take care of it. Since it’s similar to a cold or flu, you can treat it as such. Here are a few things you can do to take care of it:

 

  1. Wear enough clothes to keep you warm when the temperature drops.
  2. Consume anything containing vitamin C, like chicken soup or orange juice.
  3. Take any medicine if you need it.
  4. Wash hands after shaking hands, eating, sneezing, and coughing.
  5. Carry hand sanitizer and utilize it.

 

            You can also see a doctor at the Robert C. Byrd Health and Wellness Center. It’s important to treat it like a cold or flu, since it can be contagious. Chances are you won’t want to get others sick, so it is best to cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze. You can also wear a surgical mask to prevent others from catching the Plague. For a more in-depth look at the common cold and the flu, follow these links:

 

http://health.nytimes.com/health/guides/disease/common-cold/overview.html

 

http://umm.edu/health/medical/reports/articles/colds-and-the-flu

 

 

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