This Flu Season, Please Follow These 6 Simple Rules

This Flu Season, Please Follow These 6 Simple Rules

As a sick person or as someone around a sick person, here's how to behave.

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Sick people need to be conscious and considerate of the healthy people around them. There is a fine line between "powering through it" and just being stupid—take care of yourself, but don't shirk your responsibilities if you can help it. Healthy people need to be kind and respectful to sick people. I'm not sure why this is such a difficult concept. Here's some rules we should all stick to in order to help ourselves and the people around us stay healthy.

1. Know when to stay home

If you have something highly contagious—STAY AWAY!!! If you have a fever, you are contagious. If you are throwing up, you are a biohazard. If you are diagnosed with something yucky (strep, the flu, mono, etc.) you are contagious so please stay away from all healthy people.

2. Know when to power through

Being sick sucks, but having nonnegotiable responsibilities while sick sucks even worse. Know your limits, know what you should and shouldn't do, and do that. I have gone to school with a 102 degree fever (and stayed far away from everyone, keeping my mouth covered) because I had a presentation and if I didn't attend my group mates would've failed. Responsibilities don't go away when you're sick.

3. Actively protect others

If you have something contagious but you need to leave your house—wear a surgical mask, load up on the hand sanitizer, and try not to breathe on or touch anyone. I had a nonnegotiable responsibility (callbacks for a play I auditioned for) while I had a viral infection (and a fever) so I wore a surgical mask, didn't touch anyone, and got it done.

4. Be kind

If you are healthy and you say anything remotely close to "Stay away from me," you're being mean. Sick people know to stay away from you, you don't have to tell them because you're just ostracizing them further even though they already feel awful (literally).

5. Try to help

Please offer to help sick people. Telling someone, "Let me know if you need anything," can go a long way! And even if they say they don't need anything, they may just not want to ask. If they have a sore throat—bring them a fruit smoothie! If they have a cold—bring them hot soup! Or just offer advice of how to feel better (what medicine to take, etc.)

6. Respect

If a sick person says they want to be left alone because of whatever sickness they have, do not force a hug on them (never force a hug on anyone ever, but that's a different story) and don't force them to let you do something to take care of them.

With this "new" knowledge, whether you are sick or healthy, please put forth the effort to be a courteous and considerate human being.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"

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Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.

Damages

Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.

Neighborhood

It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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