Your Health Matters

Looking After You!

Here at your Guild of Students, we're always looking to keep you safe and informed about a wide variety of health issues.  Although Coronavirus is constantly in the news right now, you'll find a whole host of information and tips about keeping you safe from other illnesses.  

Coronavirus  

There's a whole host of information out there about how to keep yourself safe during the pandemic. The University have a dedicated web page just for this.

Charlotte, your Welfare & Community Officer, has recorded a video to help bust some of the myths surrounding Coronavirus and what to do if you, or any of your flatmates, are self-isoltaing.

This video was filmed on 8th October 2020, following Government guidance regarding self-isolation at the time.  Please note that anything said in this video could change at any time, so always refer to the most recent Government Guidance and advice on the NHS website, for up to date information.

Freshers' Flu  

Chances are you'll experience Freshers' Flu at least once while you're at University.  Symptoms include a sore throat, high temperature, shivering, sneezing, dry cough and a bad headache.  Freshers' Flu isn't actually a form of Flu at all; it's more like a bad cold.  As some of the symptoms are also sthe same as those of Coronavirus, it's advisable to have a Coronavirus test, just to be sure. Details about how to get a test can be found on the NHS Coronavirus webpage.

Nobody knows exactly what causes Freshers' Flu, but it's generally thought to be down to a range of factors including meeting lots of new people at University, coupled with a lack of sleep, a junk food diet, alcohol and stress. Eating healthily (including vitamins), drinking lots of water, getting enough sleep and generally taking care of yourself, will help you to feel better.

Meningitis  

Meningitis is a bacterial or viral infection of the protective membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord (meninges).  Whilst it can affect anyone, it is most common in young people and can be very serious if not treated quickly, so it's really important that you look out for the symptoms and know how to recognise them.

The symptoms can be any of the following and can develop very quickly:

  • a high temperature (fever) of 38C or above
  • being sick
  • a headache
  • a rash that does not fade when a glass is rolled over it (but a rash will not always develop)
  • a stiff neck
  • a dislike of bright lights
  • drowsiness or unresponsiveness
  • seizures

Viral meningitis is the most common form, but both bacterial and viral meningitis are caught from people who carry the virus or bacteria in their nose and throat.  It is most commonly spread through sneezing, coughing, kissing and sharing utensils, cutlery and toothbrushes.

There are a number of vaccinations that are available to you that offer some protection against meningitis, and a number of treatments are available depending on what type of meningitis you are suffering with.  For further information about vaccinations, treatments, or to find out more about what to do if you suspect you, or someone you know may have meningitis, please visit the NHS Meningitis webpage


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