With the winter in full swing in Hamilton, it is important that students learn about the common colds and ways to prevent cold and flu. Winter is generally in the months of December, January and February although winter can start in November and last through late March and early April.
In most of Canada, winter is marked by: snow, ice, blizzards, wind and the hazards of wind chill. The average temperature in January is -5.5°C, but the temperature drops below -20°C for a few days almost every year. It’s important to keep in mind that even though the weather forecast may say -5.5°C it may feel colder due to the wind chill!
Make sure to always check the temperature to dress appropriately before heading outside!
The Medical and Wellness Clinic at CIC have shared important information with the school to help you be prepared for the winter months. The common cold and flu are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Due to both illnesses having similar symptoms it can be difficult to tell the difference.
The flu virus can be transmitted in 3 ways:
- By direct contact with infected individuals
- By contact with contaminated objects
- By inhalation of virus particles
Ways to prevent contracting any sickness is to:
- Wash your hands thoroughly
- Cough into your sleeves
- Do not share spoons, forks, or cups with individuals that are sick
The Medical and Wellness Clinic is offering flu shots for students to prevent the flu! No appointments are necessary, walk-ins are welcomed to room S126 in the Ainsliewood Building
Here are ways to dress warmly for the Cold Weather: