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The Ada Plague strikes again

Many students come down with an Upper Respiratory Infection, known as the Ada Plague. (photo/ coverall blog)

Runny nose, sore throat, splitting headache and an ugly cough—these are the starting symptoms of what many may know as the “Ada Plague.” I’m only kidding. However, many students over the past semester have become ill with an upper respiratory infection that is making students and professors miss classes and feel, simply, horrible. Students are almost unable to avoid the plague because there are so many of their classmates that are sick in class.

At the first sign of cold weather, illness makes itself present to students. That being said, I understand this because I became sick myself. It didn’t take more than 24 hours to feel as if I had been hit by a train and couldn’t move from my bed. The harsh cough, tension headache and mucus-plugged sinuses all added up to create a horrible week.

My first instinct was to reach out to the ONU Health Center for some medication to combat the cold as soon as possible. After meeting with Certified Nurse Practitioner, Abbie Nartker, I was denied any medication because the infection turned out to be a viral infection and was resistant to antibiotics.

CNP, Abbie Nartker, has seen many cases of the “Ada Plague” and even managed to come down with the viral infection herself. Nartker talks about why she refuses to prescribe antibiotics to students to combat the infection.

The symptoms of an Upper Respiratory Infection include stuffy and runny nose, scratchy and tickly throat, watery eyes, sneezing, mild hacking cough, congestion, sore throat, achy muscles and bones, headaches, low grade fever, chills and mild fatigue. Just about all of these symptoms can take you out from school or work for a long period of time and make you feel just horrible.

After receiving many pamphlets and information from the Health Center, I learned all about the famous upper respiratory infection and hope to ease many minds that have come down with the atrocious illness.

After making multiple calls to all of the mother figures in my life, I came up with a few at-home remedies to combat the Ada Plague:

  • Invest in the Vitamin C supplement known as Ester-C. Ester-C has 1,500 mg of Vitamin C per pill and gives the immune system the boost it needs to get back on track.
  • Drink juices with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and any other high antioxidant content fruit. Pomegranates are another strong source of antioxidants.
  • Sleep as much as you possibly can. It is very difficult, but it does work.
  • When you are really struggling with the mucus, purchase Mucinex-D behind-the-counter at any drug store. The once-a-day dosage will make you feel much more awake and free from mucus.
  • Try to drink more water than the 2 liters of water we are recommended to drink a day. Water will help flush your system and remove the infection.

Even though I learned these remedies through trial and error, they did actually work and I was on my feet in a little more than 24 hours. Hopefully, sharing these remedies will help someone else combat the Ada Plague.

This sickness is not to be taken lightly and the spread, obviously, needs to be stopped. The only way to prevent spreading illness is to be cautious when you are sick. Some important methods used to prevent the spread of germs include washing your hands frequently, avoiding close contact, covering your nose and mouth when coughing and staying home when you’re sick. These simple methods can be used to avoid spreading germs from one student/ professor to another.

This upper respiratory infection can take you out of class and make you lose your motivation to keep up with the stress of college. However, after I faced the worst of the infection and tried every at-home remedy I could possibly think of, I finally felt better. I crawled out of hibernation and faced the world again.

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