How to Avoid the Flu and a Cold

Brenden Padilla-McCool

This time of year kids are catching the flu and other sicknesses more often and quickly. Mrs. Wrede, McCormick’s nurse, has some tips on how to stay healthy and avoid getting sick.

The first is wash your hands thoroughly after eating, coughing, sneezing, and using the bathroom. Kids usually forget to cover their cough with their elbow and use their hand instead, later spreading germs everywhere. Some kids don’t cover their mouth at all and spread germs all around the room thinking “it was just a little cough or sneeze, it can’t go that far.”

Kids should also avoid hand contact with their nose, mouth and eye. Hands touch lots of things during the day especially at school where things are shared things like calculators, pencils, and doorknobs. Faces are sensitive and touching your face makes it easier to catch a virus.

If you are unlucky enough to get sick you will want to diagnose it quickly and correctly. Symptoms of the flu are feverish/chills, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle or body aches, headaches and tiredness.The flu can result in very serious health problems if not treated. Symptoms of the cold are milder than those of the flu. The symptoms are a runny or stuffy nos. Colds don’t really ever result in serious health problems and usually go away on their own. If you have one of these symptoms get lots of rest and stay home. Bodies need rest to detect and properly fight off viruses that have attacked.