By: Jordan Beck
The flu virus is not uncommon on a college campus, especially one with as many people as USC has.
A USC Thompson Student Health Center spokesperson reports they have had eight cases of the flu on campus since the beginning of the semester. Now while that may not seem like a lot to some, consider the fact they only report having three throughout last semester.
Why the spike this semester?
"Traveling is a big reason, because a lot of it comes from other areas" Lab Tech Raphael Bivens says.
Bivens believes many students brought viruses with them when classes resumed back in January. With all the contact of desks, doors, and even other students many go through every day, he says its no wonder the virus spread so rapidly.
There are a few simple things you can do to help protect yourself and others from catching the flu, and the Center for Disease Control has a few helpful tips to follow:
1. Get a flu shot.
2. Take preventive action to stop the spread of germs
3. Take flu antiviral drugs if your doctor prescribes them
Make sure you take the necessary steps to help protect yourself and others from catching and spreading the flu.