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How to Handle the Flu as a College Student

January 22, 2018

Your body aches, you have the chills and your fever just shot up above 101 degrees.

You are sick, and while we're not doctors, chances are pretty good that you have the flu, especially with the way things have been moving this past month. While the outlook is grim, we don't want to leave you out in the cold!

Here are some ways to cope with handling the flu, the way a proper university student should.

Go to urgent care

If you're feeling those flu-like symptoms or just feeling very under the weather — go to the doctor and go now! If you get there in time, they can prescribe TamiFlu, which can tone down the symptoms and shorten the time you are sick.

Stay home

Stay in your apartment, dorm room or home for 24 hours after your fever departs.

You do not want to spread this around any farther. If you have a roommate, wipe down any shared surfaces with disinfecting wipes. Trust us, you don't want to be responsible for the blame if your roomie catches the flu from you.

Ask a classmate to fill you in

Inform a fellow classmate of your situation, and ask if they can take notes for you and catch you up on upcoming assignments.

Offer to return the favor if they should ever need it! If you don't have contact information of someone in each of your classes, hope that your professor shows mercy when you email him or her asking how you can catch up while being stuck at home.

Sleep it off

Sleep is one of the best things you can do for your body when you are sick. Catch some z's for a faster recovery.

Drink plenty of fluids

Water will do! Make sure to keep it coming.

Make some tea or cocoa

The steam and warmth of the beverage will help relieve some of your respiratory symptoms.

Humidifiers and hot showers for the win

Harsh/dry coughing bringing you down?

Common flu symptoms such as a runny nose, sinus congestion, a sore throat and an annoying cough can make breathing feel like hard work. Running a humidifier or taking a steaming hot shower can help moisturize your nasal, throat and lung passages, loosening things up so to speak.

Bring tissues everywhere

When you return to school and the general public, carry tissues with you everywhere.

Make it a point to cough and sneeze into them whenever possible! Also, never cough or sneeze into your hands.

Carry hand sanitizer

Sorry to inform you that you are especially germy right now. Take a few seconds every hour to sanitize your hands. Everyone will silently appreciate it.

Go home-home

Can't take the heat? If you are lucky enough to live near your parents, try going home for a few days and persuading them to take care of you. Sometimes, you just need some good old-fashioned babying to kick the flu right out of your body!