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Cold and Flu, Recognition and Prevention

December 12, 2019


[Background music]>>If I were somebody who
came down quite suddenly with what feels like severe
chills, body aches, a headache, a nice rip roaring fever, something generally
over a 101 degrees. I have a cough, sometimes
a sore throat; I may or may not have gut
symptoms most likely not gut symptoms because flu is
a respiratory illness. That’s flu. A cold has sort of a
little more gradual onset. It’s a little more insidious. It usually isn’t accompanied by massive headache
unless you have something like a sinus infection
on top of that in which case your sinus
headaches may be here or behind your eyes
or over your teeth. Sometimes you know a
little band around here, and colds generally are milder. So they take a little
bit longer to come up, they’re generally not
accompanied by a high fever and they’re milder — you don’t
feel body aches; you don’t feel like you have to be in bed for
48 hours or something like that. [ Music ]>>I like to tell people,
“Please wash your hands.” Because if I did [noise] and
wanted to shake your hand, wouldn’t you be like
totally grossed out? Yeah, so realistically you
want to be washing your hands like crazy because these —
these hands — if you’ve — if you’ve touched objects
that are not clean, you can touch other portals
of entry like your eyes, or your nose, or your mouth,
and you can become infected with a cold or a flu virus. The other thing that you need to
do is if somebody is coughing, they need to practice
good respiratory hygiene which means they need
to cough into a Kleenex and then wash their hands after
that or they need to cough into their elbow so
that they don’t be — they aren’t spewing germs
out towards other people. And so there’s some
things that you can do which is to remain healthy. Get enough sleep which never
happens on this campus, eat properly, drink
plenty of fluids. I like to tell people to think about taking a vitamin
D supplement, okay and then wash your hands and practice good
respiratory hygiene. Stay not stressed,
that’s another good one. Nobody ever does that
[background chuckle]. [Silence] In your population age group,
it’s actually quite effective, but it’s also effective
in the context. It’s — you’re all in really,
really large group settings and so the risk of transmission
is really, really high. Airborne as well as touch,
okay and so you guys sit close to each other, you know. It’s for the people
who’ve gotten flu shots, we’ve done some sort of semi
— semi loose studies to see, “Well out of the
people who caught flu, how many of them
actually got a flu shot?” Last year didn’t count because
the flu shots didn’t come out until after everybody
got the flu, but in years previously we
found that there are more people who got flu that
didn’t get the flu shot than the people who
got the flu shot. You know again flu shots
aren’t 100% effective but they’re effective
in your age group.

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