Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Post #20--Winter Bugs--by Tsuki Bear

It seems I'm best at giving advice lists, or suggestion lists. I don't even know if anyone who reads this actually tries what I suggest, but hey, I'll do it anyways cuz I feel like it!

It's winter time! We all know what this means: the Christmas lights, snow, caroling, Christmas trees, hot chocolate, gift giving and family. Amidst all our joy and celebration there is one thing that could possibly bring us down: the dreaded flu. This is also known as Influenza.

We all know the symptoms of the flu. Your temperature is completely out of control. One minute you're huddled by the fire, wrapped in a blanket. The next, you're running out side in shorts and a T-shirt. You're coughing up a lung (literally), and your throat feels like sand paper. Flu season generally lasts from December to April, so until May hits, you're not safe from this virus. When you get the virus, you are contagious 1-4 days before you even know you have the virus. My suggestion to this: personal space. Please, keep a considerate amount of space between you, and the person you are talking to. As for sneezing, if you want to sneeze, sneeze on someone you want to get sick. JK.

The symptoms of the flu include the ones I listed above. If you have a a fever, headaches and exhaustion, you may be one of the unlucky 90 million people who get this every year. In addition, a dry cough, aches and pains, and fatigue are more symptoms of the flu.

To avoid being one of the 90 million, my suggestions are the following:

  • Avoid crowds if at all possible. The less people who cough, breathe, sneeze, etc. on you, the less likely you'll get it.
  • Wash your hands frequently, or use anti-bacterial
  • Get lots of sleep
  • Eat healthy food. Foods and juices high in Vitamin C help prevent colds, and the flu
  • Bundle up! Make sure you're dressed warm enough for the weather. This means no shorts!
  • Get the flu shot. It's not fun, but the pain is temporary; the flu lasts for a while
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--Tsuki Bear


Anonymous said...

dude I got a flu shot and I still got the flu :P it was no fun especially since it was the week of the UVU ballroom concert and I had to dance pretty much 24/7 even though I was STILL sick :P