Don’t touch me, you’re sick!
It’s that time of year when snotty tissues grace the hands of citizens and the only bugs in sight are the ones nesting in stomachs. At CCHS, the staff and students are feeling the harsh effects of the flu season.
The hallways resemble a ghost town with so many people out sick. The number of people gone is staggering.
“This week we had twelve kids out and that’s just confirmed diagnoses,” Nurse Jenny Baumgarten said. “I’m sure there are kids out that are sick that just haven’t been to the doctor. Last week it was twenty-four, but then again that’s just kids that were diagnosed.”
“I’ve been sick for five weeks straight since the semester started, with four different bugs,” junior Sydney Robinson said. “There hasn’t been a week where I’ve felt decent.”
This year isn’t the only one to see mass amounts of students out of school. According to a survey conducted by Walgreens, 32 million school days were missed last year. For most students, it is incredibly difficult to keep up with their schoolwork.
“Even if I send the work home with them, a lot of students aren’t able to do it because they’re that sick,” Drama teacher Tim Bessette said. “They get hit so hard with the flu that they need to just get better.”
“Don’t even get me started; it’s awful,” Robinson said. “I am so behind, and I can’t even get out of bed sometimes so it just keeps piling up. It’s hard because I have all these extracurriculars I’m supposed to keep up with, next to all this homework that I already have.”
In regards to the flu shot, it seems as though opinions are split. Those who have gotten the shot, and those who haven’t, still find themselves getting sick.
“I don’t get flu shots,” senior Nicolette Krumberger said. “Because they don’t always work.”
“I feel like if you didn’t get it, you’re probably more susceptible to getting the flu,” Baumgarten said. “However, I get the flu shot every year and I got the flu. And it wasn’t good.”
“I think without it people might be more screwed than they already are,” senior Shawna Strahan said.
In 2008 when the swine flu struck the nation, multiple school districts across the country closed their doors. To the inhabitants of CCHS, closing up shop is a good, and bad idea.
“I don’t necessarily think that school should close,” Krumberger said. “But I think that the teachers should be more lenient because of how many people are sick.”
“I believe we should close because our school has so many people who are sick and are going to school anyway,” Strahan said.
“No, because I think that school should continue,” sophomore Blake Carlson said. “We should continue learning even without those people.”
Despite the strain and stress of being sick, there are ways to feel better and prevent the flu.
“Drink tea,” Carlson said. “I drown my sorrows in it.”
“Well, I mostly sleep,” Strahan said. “I think I slept once for like fourteen hours straight.”
“Signs and symptoms of the flu are a sore throat, headache, cough, and temperature,” Baumgarten said. “People are getting confused, some think that the flu is stomach issues, and that is not the case. Influenza is a lot of respiratory issues. So coughing, and especially people with asthma have a very difficult time. Those people I would definitely recommend getting the flu shot, just for that extra protection.”
Remember, stay aware, stay healthy, and wash your hands. Or else the flu bug might end up at your door.