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My Top 5 Tips for Fighting Off Colds While Living on Campus Right Now

This past year, face masks meant to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have kept us safe from the collegiate flu that swarms college campuses each year. However, with mask and social distancing restrictions being lifted across the country, getting sick is not a matter of if, but a matter of when. From bar crawls to dining halls, germs seem to be flying everywhere.

It is nearly impossible to avoid the flu-like plagues that come with a traditional college experience. When you’re living in a tight knit community like a dorm, or going out every weekend to a new frat party or packed bar, it’s only natural that you will pick up some sort of bug. Here’s a list of how to avoid catching keeping those germs from invading your system.

  1. Stock up on some medicine now

Try as you might, there is a chance you will at least catch a little cold. However, having medicine in the room can help you squish the germs before they get out of control. I recommend some DayQuil or NyQuil, Advil, Tylenol, and some cough medicine like Mucinex or Delsym. That way, when you wake up feeling like you’re getting ill, you can take something immediately, rather than waiting until you’re bed-ridden with a fever. 

  1. Keep your body healthy to prevent yourself from getting sick

Keeping your body healthy is the best way to prevent those pesky germs from wreaking havoc on your immune system. Remember to take any vitamins or daily medicines that you may need. Continue to work out to your comfort level, and try to eat healthy. Your body is your first line of defense, so grab some extra oranges from the Dining Hall to load up on that Vitamin C!

3. Get your Zzzz’s

Getting adequate sleep is another way to keep your body and mind strong. Many health professionals will recommend college students get at least 7-9 hours of sleep per night. By getting some good rest each night, your body will have more energy to fight off those pesky germs.

4. Sun shining? Go catch some rays!

If it’s a nice day outside and not blistering cold, spend some time outdoors and absorb some sunlight! Consider eating outside or going for a walk. Your body may benefit from soaking up some vitamin D. If it’s too cold out, consider researching a Vitamin D supplement. Getting a little sun could help your body stay strong and fight infections.

5. Get any necessary vaccinations

While we are living in a post-COVID world, it’s so important to make sure we are staying up to date with any vaccinations we may need. Staying up to date with your vaccinations is one of the safest and most effective ways to keep your immune system healthy and ready to fight infections!

While COVID cases continue to go down, seasonal colds are here to stay. Remember these tips to give your body the tools it needs to fight of germs. Don’t forget to wash your hands!

Kerry Sullivan

Manhattan '24

Kerry is a sophomore Communication Major with a concentration in Media Production and double minors in Film Studies and Women and Gender Studies at Manhattan College. She is from Buffalo, NY and is on Manhattan College's Rowing Team.
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