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It’s Flu Season, Everyone

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Written by Zoe Manoukian

A surprising amount of students have been reported as drinking hand sanitizer and holding in their sneezes in order to fend off potential colds, viruses, and maladies this November. STOP DOING THIS! Downing hand sanitizer by the gallon is no better than chowing down on Tide Pods or sucking on a juul all day long. I spoke with an unidentified school nurse on the matter in order to gain further insight.

“It’s really absurd the amount of students who step foot in my clinic, ill and reeking of antibacterial. What I have gathered is that students are under the impression that by drinking hand sanitizer, they are letting the disinfectant into their bloodstream, thus targeting any illnesses waiting to happen a little bit closer to their source. This couldn’t be farther from the truth!”

On the wall was a laminated poster with recommendations of how to effectively ward off ailment. As per the list, individuals should drink plenty of water, get Vitamin C, bundle up, and wash their hands, as well as their… phones?! The average cell phone is approximately 10 times dirtier than a toilet seat, according to time.com. So many germs and bacteria collect on a phone’s screen due to its frequent contact with various human hands that have been anywhere and everywhere, as well as frequent contact with environments that are dirty. Cell phone users think to wash their hands, but don’t think to clean their screen.

Beware the germs that manifest on your phone!