Assistant Sports Editor
Starting off a new school year is one of the most exciting times for a college student. However, homework, pop quizzes and exams play a detrimental role in hindering that excitement, but no more than the frustration caused by viruses.
According to the Dyson Wellness Center, students should be aware of a new respiratory illness called enterovirus D68 that can cause cough, fever, sore throat and wheezing. The virus is typically found in saliva, nasal mucus or sputum.
“When I hear of an illness, like this particular one, going around I take extra precaution because with my asthma my health is more prone to be affected by these outbreaks than others,” says freshman Blane Erwin.
For the most part these infections are mild and resolve on their own, requiring only treatment of the symptoms but some symptoms include fever, difficulty breathing and wheezing or asthma exacerbation.
“I’m extra cautious obviously when I hear of a breakout like this because if I get sick then I miss out on attending class and it also forces me to miss work,” says senior Allie Plansky. “I focus on drinking as much water as I can and try to get as much sleep as possible even with all the homework I get in my classes.”
Some of the top ways to protect yourself from the illness are washing your hands regularly, avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands, avoid kissing, hugging or sharing cups or eating utensils with those who are sick, disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and finally getting enough rest.
“When I hear of illnesses going around like this I tend to carry hand sanitizer around,” said Erwin. “It’s not like I’m a germophobe or anything, I just want to make sure I take as much caution as I can.”
This illness could potentially reach a severe stage if not treated and can cause for the virus to be hospitalized and receive intensive supportive therapy. For an appointment or any questions about the illness you can call or visit the Dyson Wellness Center or call 630-637-5550.