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PAGE 10 The News Argus Febmary 1989
It's Influenza Time
Here's some advice about how to fighit the flu bug
By Arnetta Hauser, RN
A.H. RAY HEALTH CENTER, WSSU
Being away from home and separated
from loved ones can be traumatic whenev
er it occurs. However, there is something
about going away to college which fosters
feelings of independence, maturity and self
assuredness which is truly invigorating!
Resting upon one's laurels as class
valedictorian or salutatorian, star athlete,
cheerleader, or homecoming queen one
eagerly embraces the feeling of being
"your own boss" so to speak. With no one
to tell you which nights you can go out,
what time to be in or even when to get up
in the mornings, it's easy to feel mature.
This euphoric ecstasy keeps you
buoyantly floating on air, until your bal
loon bursts. Reality shock sends you
plummeting from lofty heights as the first
twinges of a sore throat or sniffles of a
head cold reverts you to pre-adolescent
tendencies. "There must be cure from this
cold, I started taking this medicine yester
day, and I'm not feeling better!. "That
cough medicine didn't stop my cough!"
"Just give me a shot for this cold and I'll be
alright." These are statements the health
center staff hears at least eight to 10 times
Contrary to popular beliefs, there is
no cure for the common cold. That
scratchy throat, nagging cough and runny
nose are signals that a cold is eminent. A
"common cold" can be caused by many
viruses. There are at least 200 different
known types of these viruses. They usual
ly attack the nose or throat and are spread
through droplets when someone sneezes or
coughs. The cold virus can survive on
inanimate objects such as doorknobs,
books, paper, etc. They can travel through
the air, or, on the hands of the infected per
son. It usually takes from one to three
days for symptoms to develop. Therefore,
you can spread your cold before you know
you have one.
There are many myths associated with
the so called cure for a cold:
• You can stop a cold from coming on
• A shot of Penicillin will "knock" out a
Eric Newland named WSSU's
new campus rep' for Anheuser-Busch
Photo by Tuttle
By Bryon Tinnin
Winston-Salem State University
has a new Anheuser-Busch campus
Eric Newland, a senior Business
Administration major from Charlotte,
has been hired as the "new campus
rep" by the local Anheuser-Busch
Beer distributor, R.H. Barringer.
What exactly does being "campus
rep" mean? Well, first and foremost,
he or she must represent Anheuser-
Busch and promote programs spon
sored by Budweiser. \ major pro
gram being promoted on college cam
puses is Alcohol Awareness. The
"Know When to Say When" and the
"Buddy System" programs stress two
important messages: first, don't drive
if you have had too much to drink,
and second, drink responsibly.
Newland is responsible for pre
senting these Alcohol Awareness pro
grams at WSSU and making sure that
WSSU students are familiar with
them. These programs will be present
ed later this semester. Newland is one
of the four reps from surrounding uni
versities, including Wake Forest, Elon
College, UNC-Greensboro and North
"I look at it as a learning experi
ence and an opportunity to leam more
about the marketing aspects of busi
ness," he said.
Last simimer Newland was sent to
St. Louis, Mo., for four days to attend
a training program. One hundred sev
enty reps from across the nation
attended this program, and he was one
of five blacks attending.
When asked how he felt about
being a "campus rep," he said, "I get a
chance to meet a lot of important peo
ple and sell myself to them, so it may
be helpful when I enter the business
• You should starve a cold
• Cold weather will give you a cold
The fact is there are ways to avoid
catching a cold:
• Stay healthy: eat properly, be sure to
include vegetables, fruits, and whole
grains in your diet.
• Plenty of sleep and exercise will help
keep body defenses up.
• Too dry air indoors during the winter
dries out the mucous membrane lining of
your nose. Therefore, the hair like cilia in
the nasal passages can't fight colds effec
• Avoid crowds during cold and fiu out
• Don't smoke because smoking has the
same effect on the mucous lining of the
nasal passages as air that is too dry. Smok
ing lowers our resistance to all respiratory
Once you catch a cold, and consider
ing the circumstances in most residence
halls and classrooms, there are some
guidelines you should follow:
• Get plenty of rest.
• Eat and drink sensibly-drink plenty of
fruit juices and hot liquids.
• Use only mild medication-antibiotics and
anti-histamines will not affect a "common
• Use only mild medication. Tylenol may
help relieve a cold's aches and fever. Gar
gle with salt dissolved in water.
Most physicians will recommend a
cough suppressant under dire circum
stances, such as a prolonged nighttime
cough. Coughing associated with the com
mon cold helps to clear the lungs of
Practice good hygiene. Wash your
hands with warm water and use plenty of
soap. Use paper towels and tissues and
dispose of them properly.
If you are in general good health,
most colds will last for about a week,
whether you treat it or not
Arnetta Hauser is the head nurse of
the AH. Ray Health Center on the WSSU
Summer School is for you.
Let us know what you need!
The Summer School Office. Anderson Continuing Education
Center, has additional course request forms.
Let us know what you need. Come over as soon as you can!
Friday, JUNE 2.
Registration for first 4-week term, 6 & 8 weeks to:
Monday, JUNE 5.
First 4-week term, 6 & 8 weeks classes begin
Friday, JUNE 30.
First 4-week term ends
Friday, JULY 7.
Registration for second 4-week term
Friday, JULY 21.
6-week term ends
Friday, AUGUST 4.
Second 4 week & 8 week classes end
Students who are enrolled for the 1989 Spring Semester
do not need to file a Summer School application!
Not aU classes requested wUl be available, due to budget and
availability of faculty, but we will try to meet your needs