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Flu epidemic affects Northwest

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Flu epidemic affects Northwest

Student blows her nose as she battles a cold. Many students struggle to focus on class while they are sick.

Student blows her nose as she battles a cold. Many students struggle to focus on class while they are sick.

Student blows her nose as she battles a cold. Many students struggle to focus on class while they are sick.

Student blows her nose as she battles a cold. Many students struggle to focus on class while they are sick.

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It’s flu season! A time for extra hand washing and increased sanitation that usually end in a failed attempt to prevent contracting a horrible strain of this years flu virus.

However, for majority of students at Northwest, prevention has not seemed to do much as more and more students and teachers become infected for weeks on end.

“I’ve gotten the flu twice this year,” junior Jason Ellington said.

So many people have been infected that the Guilford County Health Department has required multiple GCS schools to issue a message about ways to protect yourself from the flu. They also sent an email to teachers informing them that surfaces are being cleaned daily along with additional flu prevention tips.

“Many of my friends have had the flu at one point or another,” sophomore Thomas Hoffman said.

Usually students end up getting it from one another or their family members. They are around them so much that contracting some form of their illness is almost inevitable.

“When I first had the flu, I ended up missing three full days of school,” Ellington said.

Students end up coming to school due to fear of missing out on important lessons or having an abundant amount of makeup work. Even teachers have a limited amount of days off and sometimes come to school infected.

“With so many people not wanting to miss work or school, they show up and end up infecting everyone around them,” Ellington said.

Fear of missing school seems to be a common theme for all grade levels during this flu season.

“I’m fairly worried about missing school just because of all the work I would miss,” Hoffman said.

This being said–staying home seems to be the best and fastest method of recovering from and not spreading the flu.

“I’ve never come to school sick for the sake of not missing work,” Hoffman said.

As for now, many students are just hoping that they can hold off on the flu long enough for it to pass through the school.

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