Get your hand sanitizer ready folks, it’s that time of year again.
As temperatures fall, the amount of sniffling, sneezing and hacking in the
classroom steadily rises. While getting sick is a part of life, students at the University of South Dakota need to remember that there is etiquette that must be paid
attention to when the flu bug strikes.
Getting sick might not seem like an important issue, but students continue to drag themselves to classes every year with body aches and a fever. During the winter, there are always one or two visibly sick students toughing it out in class because of a strict attendance policy or an important review session, and this needs to stop.
Students need to realize that
sometimes it’s necessary to stay home.
Professors get sick, too and are more likely to let one missed class slide if you make an effort to let them know how sick you are.
A doctor’s note always helps, but if that isn’t an option, simply communicating with a professor can easily remedy a
situation. They don’t want to get sick, either.
For students who still insist on attending class, the healthy people would appreciate it if the germ spreading could be kept to a minimum. Please be thoughtful of those you sit close to as they don’t want the bug.
Sneezing serves a purpose; it clears nasal passageways of harmful bacteria and viruses. That said, covering those nasal passageways keeps all that bacteria from flying through the air at about 100 mph and getting someone else sick.
The same goes for that hacking cough that hangs on for a month. Those germs move at about half the speed of a sneeze, but can still project bacteria and germs as far as 6 feet. That means one cough can spread a virus to unsuspecting people sitting up to two rows away in class.
So, take some preventative measures; keep hands as clean as possible with soap or sanitizer and try not to touch every
surface within reach after sneezing. In conclusion, have some manners and use common sense this cold and flu season.