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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at WSU chapter.

The flu is spreading fast around campuses all over the nation. If you were lucky enough to avoid the full-on sickness chances are you still got a common cold, I know I did. I think in times like these it is always helpful to get some reminders on how to avoid catching someone else’s illness and tips to help if you aren’t feeling too hot.

Avoiding a cold:

Tip #1: Alone time

If your friend is sick maybe take this time to have some space from them. The more time you spend with someone sick, the higher your chances are of catching whatever they have.

Tip #2: Eat Healthy and sleep!

Keeping your body healthy and happy will help it fight off anything bad that comes its way. If you start feeling sick, stay in and catch up on some z’s to beat it before it gets any worse.

Tip #3: Avoid touching your face and use hand sanitizer

Bring it everywhere. There are so many germs on everything that we touch in our day to day lives. If you touch a doorknob or use a public computer go ahead and use some of that hand sanitizer. Also, avoid touching your face because that is a classic way to catch a cold.

Once you’re sick:

Tip #1: Sleep

I’m going to say it again because it is SO important. If you’re having trouble sleeping take some melatonin or medicine that tends to have drowsy effects; my favorite is Nyquil.

Tip #2: Immunity Tonic

Last week while I was fighting my cold I made this tonic every morning. I don’t know if I can say it cured me but it definitely helped. Here is the recipe:

  • Hot water
  • 2 tablespoons of honey
  • 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
  • A dash of cinnamon

Tip #3: Take it easy

It may be tempting to go out with your friends but it will not be worth it when you wake up feeling 10x worse than before. Instead, have a movie night in, go to sleep early, and hydrate! This will help you much more in the end.

Good luck fighting off those icky germs!



I am a sophomore at Washington State University. I am getting a degree in International Business and am looking forward to a career in Non-Profit work! Be sure to check out WSU's Her Campus page!