What to do when you get sick?

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Alyssa Walhood ~ Multimedia Journalist

When the temperature drops into the high 60s or low 70s come wintertime, even Hawaii can be plagued with colds and the flu. Students should be extra cautious this time of year and follow a few healthy tips to fight off sickness before and after it hits.

The U.S. Center for Disease and Control website says to treat sicknesses by:

1. Stay at home and rest.

2. Avoid close contact with well people…so you don’t make them sick.

3. Drink plenty of water and other clear liquids to prevent fluid loss [dehydration.]

4. Treat fever and cough with medicines you can buy at the store.

For more information, go to http://www.cdc.gov/flu/homecare/index.htm

“When I get sick, I sleep and take lots of drugs,” said Natalie Melgar-Fetzer, a senior in ICS-communications from Maryland. She laughed and clarified, “Over the counter drugs. I eat super healthy and I also drink a ton of fluids. I stock up on OJ [orange juice] and just pound orange juice and water until I’m better.”

“I take Emergen-C to give my body plenty of Vitamin C to combat all the viruses floating around,” said Cara Adams, a junior studying social work from California.