November 10, 2009

The Nation’s Third Oldest College Newspaper

Volume 80, Issue 6

Is the swine flu just a whole to do?

Is the swine flu just a whole to do?

Is the swine flu just a whole to do?

Isolation. Avoid contact with others. Is it all necessary?

Surveillance reports released last month by the American College Health Association show well more than 2,000 cases of the H1N1 virus at over 189 colleges across the nation. This reporting was within the first week of research, and the number of cases has multiplied since then.

University at Buffalo and Hilbert College say that they are aware of the increased number of absences among students and professors for flu-like symptoms.

"We have hand sanitizers all over the building. We have an isolation room if somebody comes down with severe symptoms or fever. We've actually had one student so far we've put in isolation," says Peter Burns, dean of students at Hilbert College. "Come to find out he's fine."

University at Buffalo was reported as spending more than $100,000 on H1N1 preparedness.

Students say they have noticed the abundance of new, wall-mounted hand sanitizers around Niagara's campus. Niagara has taken several precautions to stop the spread of the flu. They have made recent technologies for students to share their concerns over specific symptoms, and the student body is constantly reminded to avoid any contact with the public if they are feeling sick.

But is it too much?

"I don't think so," says NU senior Megan Buckley. "It's better to be safe than sorry."

"It might be a little much. I've noticed the decrease in students attending classes, but sometimes I think they might use this ˜precautionary action' as an excuse a few too many times," says NU senior Samantha Andrews.

The common flu is likely to hit people in their mid-60s and above, but the H1N1 is more common to strike those between the ages of 5 and 24. The reason for the spread on college campuses is the constant traveling of students.

So, how many local college students have tested positive for the swine flu?

Erie County had reported 285 H1N1 viruses by the end of September, several of them among middle and high school students. College health centers are closely watching out for the virus, but so far most scares have turned out to be only mild illness.

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