During a pandemic, a simple cough or a sneeze is enough to turn heads and cause worry when out in public. Many people, including Stan State students, are taking extra precautions to stay healthy as the winter weather approaches. With this cold weather comes not only the holidays, but also flu season. In order to finish the semester strong, students may have to take extra precautions if they are concerned about catching the flu.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) defines the flu as “a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and sometimes the lungs. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times can lead to death.” Many students are familiar with the flu and have pushed through it at some point in their scholarly career in order to stay on top of everything. With classes already proving to pose an additional challenge with their online format, students may prefer to not add any additional difficulties by falling prey to the flu.
The symptoms of the flu can range from person to person but typically may include fever, cough, stuffy or runny nose, muscle and body aches, headaches, fatigue, vomiting, and diarrhea. None of these symptoms will make a busy semester any easier so it is understandable why students may be concerned now that this year’s flu season has arrived.
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