Navigating Respiratory Illnesses: A Student’s Guide to Staying Healthy

As the College of the Holy Cross community returns to campus, it’s crucial to address the prevailing concerns surrounding respiratory illnesses. With the ongoing presence of influenza, COVID-19, and RSV in our local area, taking proactive steps to safeguard your health and that of others is paramount.

Here are some tips and strategies to help you manage respiratory illnesses while on campus:

1. Vaccination:

Get Vaccinated: Ensure you’re up-to-date on flu and COVID-19 vaccinations before returning to campus, if possible.  If you would like resources on local pharmacies that provide these vaccinations, please reach out to your Public Health Nurse Kristin Gauthier-

2. Personal Preparedness:

Stock Up: Have over-the-counter cold and flu medications, pain relievers (like acetaminophen and ibuprofen), and a thermometer in your residence. Being prepared can make a significant difference if illness strikes.

3. Hygiene Practices:

Practice Good Hygiene: Wash your hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after coughing, sneezing, or touching surfaces. Use hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol when handwashing isn’t possible.

4. Masking and Physical Distancing:

Follow Protocols: Adhere to the campus guidelines regarding mask-wearing and physical distancing. These measures play a crucial role in minimizing the spread of respiratory illnesses.

5. Self-Care and Monitoring:

Monitor Symptoms: Be vigilant about any signs of illness. If you develop symptoms like cough, fever, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, self-isolate and reach out to Health Services promptly for guidance.

6. Mental Health Support:

Prioritize Self-Care: Dealing with the uncertainty and stress of respiratory illnesses can be challenging. Remember to take care of your mental health and seek support from counseling services if needed.

7. Stay Informed:

Stay Updated: Keep an eye on communications from Health Services and the college administration for updates on any health-related developments or changes in campus protocols.

8. Supportive Community:

Lean on Each Other: Encourage your peers to practice responsible health behaviors. Supporting one another is key in fostering a healthier campus environment.

Seeking Assistance:

If you require medical attention or advice, Holy Cross Health Services is here to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out if you’re feeling unwell or have any health-related concerns during your time on campus.

Remember, your health and well-being are a priority at the College of the Holy Cross. By taking proactive measures and staying informed, we can collectively create a safer and healthier campus environment.

Here’s to a semester of resilience, responsibility, and good health!

Warm regards, The Health Services Team at College of the Holy Cross

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