As Flu Season Ramps Up, Gannet Recommends Not Sneezing Into People’s Mouths

HEALTH SERVICES – To help students stay healthy, health professionals at Gannett Health Services have released recommendations for avoiding the flu, encouraging those on campus to avoid sneezing into each other’s mouths as often as possible.

“We recommend washing your hands regularly,” said Gannett physician Dr. Martin Trombly, “as well as getting plenty of sleep, and discourage yourself from going up to other students who are yawning or talking and sneezing right down their exposed throats.”

Among other recommendations from Gannett are not sharing drinks and wearing surgical masks to prevent others or yourself from projecting mucus into the mouths of everyone around you.

“I got the flu last year because I let a friend of mine sneeze in my mouth,” commented Jennie Christensen ‘18, “Now I’m not friends with that person and I am very health conscious about my open mouth.”

Students who have contracted the flu are encouraged to stay at home to prevent the spread of disease and not lick anyone’s face.