Frosh-cessities: How to avoid getting sick


There are several facts of life that everyone must accept. For example, death is inevitable and college students can be–and are–gross. From the latter stems a great problem: the epidemic of flus and colds at Brown. For those of you who are specifically avoiding the post hook-up cold, Blog has you covered here. For those of you who refuse to get sick, or those who are refusing to believe you are actually sick, here are a few tips.

1. Get your flu shot.

Health Services will be offering free flu shots for students starting on October 14. They will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the lower level of Faunce.

2. Avoid Keeney at all costs.

Keeney is a swarming hub of germs. To be fair, it can’t be blamed. There are a lot of people in tight quarters and soap isn’t always stocked. So, to play it safe, avoid Keeney. Don’t worry if you live there, though! BlogDH has already listed the warmest places to hide. I strongly recommend the mysterious vents in front of Bio-Med.

3. Wash your hands.

This should come as pretty obvious life skill; however, in case you have forgotten how, here is a brief step-by-step guide. Wet your hands. Apply soap. Rub vigorously for at least 20 seconds. Rinse. Dry. No water? Use a hydration station. No soap? Use your shampoo! There’s no such thing as dignity when it comes to your immunity.

4. Have some Vitamin C.

Technically, Vitamin C doesn’t prevent colds, but it can help shorten how long you have to deal with all those pesky symptoms. Grab an orange or drink some Minute Maid orange juice the next time you’re in one of the eateries.

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5. Make sure you’re eating right.

As hard as it may be to accept, chicken fingers from the V-Dub don’t count as “healthy” because “it’s protein” and neither do french fries because “they’re potatoes.” Eating right can help boost your immune system, so have something green; it won’t kill you.

6. Exercise 

Although a hilariously unlikely option, it might be worth a try! Like I mentioned before, your health ranks way above your dignity. So what if you look like you’re having an epileptic seizure while on a treadmill? You’ll be the one laughing when you’re not sniffling through lectures.

7. Make sure you have moral support. 

Despite your best efforts, you got sick. That’s okay! Feel free to slowly infect your friends with whatever contagion you have. Not only will you have moral support from all your friends, but you will also be experiencing the greatest bonding experience of all. Nothing says camaraderie like staying in on a Friday night with your friends, a fever, and Netflix [Ed’s note. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is streaming].



If you don’t actually want to remain sick though, Dr.Blog is in the house with remedies you can use right in your dorm!

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