"The Swine"

By: Kelly Martin

Over the summer the news was heavily covering this new flu that seems to be popping up all over the world.  The illness is known as the “Swine Flu” or “H1N1.”  As summer was coming to an end, I couldn’t be more excited to get back to “Happy Valley.”  However, since the minute I stepped foot in town I have heard students continuously talking about getting “the swine.”  Sure it seems like a big joke to most people and who am I to judge because I have definitely referenced it in a laughable matter; but I think as a student at such a large university where there are over 40,000 other students besides me, it is necessary we protect ourselves.  Some signs of the flu that may require medical assistance are: difficulty breathing, pain or pressure in the chest or abdomen, sudden dizziness, confusion, severe or persistent vomiting, fever, sever cough, severe headache, neck stiffness and difficulty swallowing fluids.  Now that it is already mid-semester and class work and exams are picking up I think it’s time we take some precautions.  In order to avoid swine flu and its miserable symptoms it is important to take simple steps such as washing your hands repeatedly throughout the day.  Some things that have been said to deter the spread if you are diagnosed are to stay in isolation from others.  This flu will take time to get over, so if diagnosed simply rest and have a friend or roommate bring you food and medicine.  Good-luck and stay healthy!

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