Are Germs Living in Your Space?

 Many students wake up out of bed after their alarm clock has resounded.  They grab their toiletries and run to the bathroom to wash up and dressed.

On a student’s way across campus, they see and slap hands with their fellow classmates. Perhaps afterwards they embrace a friend as they are walking through the doors of a lecture hall.

The student then decides to sit in the desk right next to the person of their dreams, only to find out that the individual would be constantly interrupting class with his or her coughs and sneezes.

By the middle of the day, has it occurred to students how many germs they have encountered? Did you even remember to wash or disinfect your hands before you ate lunch?

The chances of students picking up germs on campus could be quite alarming when it’s actually evaluated.

Germs are tiny organisms that have the potential to cause diseases, according to Hillendale Health.

Germs are quite smooth in making their way into the body and infecting it. They usually migrate very quickly from one person to another when they have the opportunity to do so. This is why it is detrimental to sanitize hands frequently.

Naturally, hands have the most contact with people and objects on a regular basis.

Think of how many times students use public computers. Now, imagine that 20 other students used that same computer within the last two hours, and out of those 20 students three of them had a cold and two of them were infected with influenza.

One method to prevent excess germs is to maintain a clean living environment because germs will sit and fester in dirty spaces, thus increasing the chance of infection and disease.

Concerning the rapid spread of germs, unclean living spaces are usually the greatest concern among some of the students who live on campus like 18-year-old Justin Michael Mann.

“The space in my dorm at Paddy Fote B is brand new and clean, but has huge roaches and has limited shower curtains,” Mann said.

Although many students are unsatisfied with their space, some students are pleased with their living quarters.

Jolanda Hawkins, an 18-year-old nursing student from Polk County, said she lives in Paddy Fote C, and besides the bathrooms being slightly dirty, everything is clean.

The student body can assist this concern by working on the little things, like flushing the toilet, not littering, and keeping our hands sanitized throughout the day. This will help to protect everyone from getting and spreading germs.

Taylor Johnson, an 18-year-old psychology student from Tampa, said “I stay in Gibbs Hall, and everything is pretty clean there; the only thing is that the toilets are left unattended, and that is not the director’s fault, it’s our fault.”

Students have to take control.

Let’s all work together and start a new sanitizing era, so that we can prevent the flu from spreading on campus. By eating healthy, getting the proper rest, and refraining from stress everyone can keep his or her immune systems strong so that everyone can have a productive semester.