Basic illness prevention

University Health Services has seen an increase in illness caused by adenoviruses, says Dr. Jason Stacy, interim vice president for health and well-being and chief health officer. Adenoviruses, which commonly cause cold- and flu-like symptoms, spread through respiratory droplets from an infected person or by touching a surface where the virus exists.

“While the symptoms most young people experience are manageable with rest, increased fluids and over-the-counter medications,” Stacy says, “some individuals may have a more severe illness.”

Fortunately, these infections can be prevented by following a few basic tips:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water or use alcohol-based hand sanitizers
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands
  • Use bleach-based disinfectant wipes to clean surfaces
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick
  • Stay home if you are sick

Students who have symptoms that aren’t improving or who are at increased risk of complications from infections should see a doctor. Make an appointment through MyHealthSpace or call 803-777-8343 to schedule an appointment.

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