It’s getting late on a Friday night and you’re feeling lucky: whether you met dancing to that one song at a party or you matched on Brown Hookups, you’ve found the phe you’re hoping to take home tonight. Unfortunately, you have midterms, practice, and/or a life to get to next week and catching a cold is really not an option. Resources like the Sexual Health Awareness Group (SHAG) are here to make sure you’re fully protected from the more important stuff, but BlogDH is here with some ways to avoid the cough/congestion/headache everyone seems to be getting on Tuesday.
First, let’s quickly clear a few things up: There seems to be some debate as to whether or not you can catch a cold from kissing (pro). Unfortunately, it can be transferred through just about everything else: their pillow, breath, etc. (con).
People are also most contagious before they show symptoms, so even if there are no tissues on the dresser you should still follow these tips:
1. Get your flu shot: If you missed getting one in Faunce, it’s not too late. Head to Health Services or to CVS for one of the quickest and easiest ways to protect yourself this season. Get that special someone to come with you and hold your hand in the case of fear of needles.
2. Hydrate up: The thirst is real. You’re going to be sweating off some electrolytes, and just like with any workout, you’re going to need to replenish them. Not to mention that drinking plenty of liquids is the best way to ward off congestion.
3. Take a hot shower: Showering after a hookup is always a good idea. The hotter the water, the better for getting clean. Bonus if you invite your partner to shower with you.
‘Tis the season for sniffles, fevers, and body aches. So this morning, Health Services (finally) announced the dates and times of the flu vaccine clinics! If you’re a hypochondriac like I am, you’ll be downstairs in Faunce tomorrow at 9:55 a.m. In order to reduce my chances of catching ~influenza~ this year, I kindly request that everyone get their shots. Don’t be a wimp.
FLU VACCINE CLINICS BEGIN OCTOBER 8th — Wednesday, Thursday, Friday starting this week and continuing through October:
10a.m. – 4p.m. each day in the Campus Center Lower Lobby
No appointment needed. Bring your Brown ID. Free for enrolled Brown students.
This week: Wednesday 10/8, Thursday 10/9, Friday 10/10
Next week: Wednesday 10/15, Thursday 10/15, Friday 10/17
Then again: Wednesday 10/22, Thursday 10/23, Friday 10/24
“Even healthy people can get the flu and it can be serious. This season, protect yourself — and those around you — by getting a flu vaccine.”
Health Services (& Me)
As much as we hate to admit it, it’s starting to get colder. The leaves are changing colors, the Main Green is becoming less crowded, and pumpkin-spiced lattes are back at Starbucks. Unfortunately, the changing of the seasons also signals that the cold and flu season is upon us. Yes, college is a time when exploration and learning are interspersed with crazy amounts of debauchery, but it is also a time when being sick is pretty much the norm. Living on top of one another in the dorms, sharing germs and intimate space, will usually do that to you. That is why we are asking, or rather, begging you, to please not be that guy or girl who wont stop sniffling in the AQR.
You all know the person to whom I am referring: phe who steps foot into the library all bundled up to fight the chills, armed with a gallon of tea and a box of tissues. As soon as they sit down, they no longer are a Brown student, but instead become a germ-spewing, snot-sniffling megaphone that never seems to know when to leave and relieve some nasal pressure. Below we’ve highlighted a few tips to help you avoid being this library nuisance.
1) BLOW YOUR NOSE. It’s really not that hard. Before you go into a quiet place, take the time to really clear yourself up.
Brown doesn’t want you getting sick! That’s why Health Services is offering flu shots now through Friday, October 22, on weekdays from 10am to 4pm. All you have to do is head over to Jo’s (no, spicy-withs will not be served) with your Brown ID. You don’t even need to make an appointment. Hey, remember Swine Flu?