How to Improve Your Health During Spring Semester

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Wash your hands between classes.,
Carry hand sanitizer.,
Protect yourself from the cold.,
Get the flu shot.,
Avoid going to class when you are sick.,
Wear shower shoes.,
Keep your dorm or room clean.

When you go around school and college buildings, which are frequented by students, faculty, and staff, you come into contact with all of their germs. To prevent yourself from becoming sick from these germs, wash your hands whenever you touch desk, doorknobs, and other commonly used communal objects or spaces. To wash your hands properly:

Wet your hands with water.
Apply soap, scrubbing the backs of your hands, in between your fingers, and under your nails. Make sure you scrub for 20 seconds, which is the length of time it takes to hum ‘Happy Birthday’ twice.
Rinse them thoroughly with warm, clean water.
Dry them with a clean towel or air dry them.;
, When you are in a position where you can’t wash your hands, hand sanitizer is a great way to help fight germs. If you are in class or in the library working with a group and can’t manage to get to the bathroom to wash your hands, having hand sanitizer with you will help.

It isn’t as good washing your hands, but it can help in the meantime.
To be effective, your hand sanitizer should be at least 60% alcohol., If you live in a climate where it is cold during parts of the spring semester, you need to protect yourself from the cold. Bundle up with a thick coat, layers, hats, and scarves to cut down on exposure as you walk between school buildings or to class. Cold weather suppress the immune system, which can make your more susceptible to cold, flu, and other medical issues.

You are also more likely to have respiratory problems during the winter months, as certain viruses tend to be seasonal (cold and flu viruses, for example)., If you are worried about getting the flu from other students, think about getting a flu shot. Peak flu season is February, which is right in the middle of spring semester. To protect yourself from getting sick and missing time in class, you need to avoid the flu., In order to protect yourself and others when you are feeling ill, stay home from school or class. This will help you get better faster and lessen the chance you will spread your illnesses to others. Plus, you won’t be exposed to other illnesses while your immune system is compromised.Most classes have built in excused absences, so save them in case you get sick.
If you see someone else who is sick in class, avoid them as much as possible.

, College showers are communal, so always wear flip flops in the shower. This will cut down on the spread of viruses or bacteria from the shower that can cause athlete’s foot and other issues.Keep your toiletries with you as well. Don’t leave them in the bathroom so others cannot get germs on them.

, Clean your room at least once a week to help prevent the spread of germs. Since your dorm room is a communal space with at least one other person, their germs can get over your things. If you still live at home, your friends or family also have access to your room, which can cause the spread of germs.

Use disinfectant spray and wipes to clean off surfaces that are touched often.

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