The Dreaded Fresher’s Flu
Hello everyone! We are now going into the second term of the year after we’ve all had a break over the Christmas holidays, but this means that many of us have succumb to the curse of Fresher’s Flu. My flatmates have all been victim to this debilitating illness and it seems to be spreading all over campus, especially when combined with the harsh cold conditions of winter. So, if you’re determined to stay well and avoid the plague, or you’re desperately seeking a cure to your ailment, this is the post to read!
Fresher’s Flu is caused by a mixture of stressors which are both physical and psychological, that are often exacerbated by our time and environment at university. During the first few weeks of a new term, you will be meeting, interacting and mixing with many different people in contained spaces, some of whom, may already be carrying a strain of the flu virus. Students also tend to stay up late and don’t get the right sleep they need while they are adjusting to their university routine, so parting every night and getting up early for your lectures will contribute to weakening your immune system. Too much alcohol can also negatively affect your defence against viruses, so give yourself a break every now and then! However, stress is the biggest contributor to your vulnerability to illness, so make sure you are looking after yourself in as many ways as possible and allow yourself time to relax.
You will most likely know pretty quickly if you have fallen victim to the dreaded Fresher’s Flu. Symptoms include a high temperature, hot and cold sweats and constant shivering, a cough or sore throat, a runny nose and sneezing, headaches, and a general feeling of tiredness and grogginess. While a bout of the flu is certainly not going to kill you, you will feel very down and exhausted while your body is fighting the virus and you will probably be unable to concentrate on any of the work you will need to do.
While there is no ‘quick fix’ to recovery, there are a few things you can do to make the process a little faster and less unbearable…Try to eat healthily by including plenty of fruit and veg in your diet, and if you think you need more supplements, take some extra vitamins or drink some Berocca. Drink plenty of water and stay hydrated, take some paracetamol if you really need it, and make sure you are getting plenty of rest. Take extra precautions to wash your hands, and use antibacterial hand gel to stay even more hygienic while you’re on the go. Hopefully you will be feeling well soon!
Thanks for reading!