Cold and Flu

Symptoms of Cold and Flu

It's cold and flu season.  Here are some ways to prevent getting sick.  

  • Wash your hands frequently
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Preferably sneeze or cough in your sleeve or use a tissue, then discard the used tissue immediately, and wash your hand or use a sanitizer to clean them 
  • Clean hard surfaces with a disinfectant
  • Use alcohol-based hand sanitizers, you can buy individual bottles that you can carry with you.

If you are already feeling unwell, your symptoms could indicate: 

Cold

  • No fever (temperature less than 38°C or 100.4°F)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy Nose
  • Runny Nose

With these symptoms, it's best to stay home and get some rest.

Flu

  • Have a fever (temperature less than 38°C or 100.4°F)
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle Aches
  • Headache
  • Significant Fatigue

 

It's probably the flu, it's best to stay home and get some rest. 

Taking Care of Yourself

With both a cold and flu, taking care of yourself in the following ways will help you recover more quickly. 

  • Drink plenty of fluids (6-8 glasses per day). Try drinking hot fluids to help with nasal and chest congestion.
  • Humidify the air using a vaporizer (either cool mist or warm mist works). This will help relieve a sore throat or dry cough.
  • Get enough rest. Fatigue can increase the duration of symptoms. Staying in bed will also avoid spreading the infection to others.
  • Use saline drops or spray to loosen nasal congestion.
  • Use non-medicated hard lozenges or candy to soothe a sore throat or cough.
  • Gargle with salt water to relieve a dry throat.
  • Stop or reduce smoking. People who smoke tend to get colds more often. Their colds also last longer and they cough more frequently.

If you have further questions, call Info-Sante at 811, or the Student Health Clinic to speak with a nurse at 514-398-6017.

Please note: To access services, you must be currently enrolled and paying the Student Services fee. The fee is automatically charged to the student account of undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows every fall and winter term. Certain other categories of students may opt to pay a fee to use the services.