By Angel Fuller
Lately there has been a lot of talk about H1N1 around the Marywood Campus and around the nation in general. So what exactly is H1N1? H1N1 also known as Swine Flu is a influenza virus. The virus was detected in the United States in April of 2009. This virus is spreading the same way as a regular seasonal influenza virus spreads.
H1N1 has been affecting people in the United States and is very contagious. However, most people who become infected end up recovering without any serious medical treatment. It is mainly spread like any other illness, through coughing, sneezing, and by touching surfaces and then touching your mouth.
However, fear not. Marywood has taken steps to help students and staff steer clear from the virus. Professors are being asked to be flexible with students for class attendance and completion of assignments. Students are encouraged to contact family members and their family physicians and to go home for treatment if needed. However, temporary arrangements have been made in Regina Hall to provide care for students until they are able to get home.
Marywood recently has received the vaccine for H1N1 and they currently have enough vaccine for all of the students. The vaccine is offered will be at no cost to students. You must have your Marywood ID as well as another form of ID showing proof of age. The vaccine is being offered November 12 and 13. In the mean time, remember to wash your hands and cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze!