H1N1: Fact or Fiction

The Health Center has stopped testing for H1N1 because they want to save money, and that is more important to the administration than the health of students.

The previous statement is FICTION

The CDC has asked medical centers nation-wide to stop testing for H1N1 as they were overwhelmed with the sheer number of samples. The tests take 2-3 weeks to come back, and by then the disease has run its course. Since treatment for H1N1 is the same as for the seasonal flu, it doesn’t make sense to test every case.

The best thing to do when you get sick is to go straight to the Health Center.

The previous statement is FICTION

The best thing you can do is stay home in bed and call the flu hotline at (860) 685-2653. Easier for you and it helps prevent the spread of disease. ‘Cause there’s no party pooper like a plague bearer. Calling the Health Center also has the advantage of putting you on a flu list, so that you actually can not suffer academic consequences due to self-isolation. There is also a separate flu waiting room to minimize the spread of disease, but calling first is always a good idea. If you feel really sick or are having trouble breathing you should call (860) 685-2470 instead.

People are being asked to go into self isolation, being moved, or asked to go home because it prevents the spread of the flu and makes the people more comfortable.

The previous statement is FACT

The criterion for being moved is that you are in a double and/or share a bathroom with more than five people. It is suggested that you go home if you can so that you are more comfortable and less likely to make your housemates/hallmates sick.

The flu shot is a rip-off and since it doesn’t even protect you from H1N1, it’s not that important anyway.

The previous statement is FICTION

Getting a flu shot may not protect you from H1N1, but it means you are less likely to get and spread the seasonal flu. It is possible to have both seasonal flu and H1N1 at the same time, which is a bummer. Getting a flu shot is super important if you fall into a high risk category such as having asthma, diabetes, or cancer. Go to the last flu clinic on Saturday!

The best way to keep yourself healthy and not spread the flu is to wash your hands, sneeze and cough into a tissue or your elbow, and to keep your living spaces clean.

The previous statement is FACT

Keeping healthy can be as simple as being aware of how germs are most commonly spread. If you’re sick, be considerate! Be careful where you cough and clean your living spaces after you use them! And self-isolate!

[Edit: 2:28] Hopefully the new set-up is more clear. A statement, followed by whether it is fact or fiction, and then an explanation of the statement.

5 thoughts on “H1N1: Fact or Fiction

  1. Edit Your Post, Heather

    Maybe its just me, but you severely mislabeled what is fact and what is fiction in this post.

    After reading this, I am actually only confused more than anything else.

  2. Edit Your Post, Heather

    Maybe its just me, but you severely mislabeled what is fact and what is fiction in this post.

    After reading this, I am actually only confused more than anything else.

  3. Max Rodriguez

    One thing to keep in mind, though, as a person who has had the flu for like 2 weeks and just went to the health center – if you don’t go after a couple days, you can’t get checked for and get antibiotics for complications such as bronchitis.

    In fact, the health center has a flu waiting room. I saw it. They’ll also give you everything you need to treat yourself (Tussin, Ibuprofen, Mucinex, Cough Suppressant, etc).

  4. Max Rodriguez

    One thing to keep in mind, though, as a person who has had the flu for like 2 weeks and just went to the health center – if you don’t go after a couple days, you can’t get checked for and get antibiotics for complications such as bronchitis.

    In fact, the health center has a flu waiting room. I saw it. They’ll also give you everything you need to treat yourself (Tussin, Ibuprofen, Mucinex, Cough Suppressant, etc).

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