Most of the folks reading this blog went to college of some sort (I’m willing to bet).
I don’t know about your school, but at my school, if you went to student health services, it was a crap shoot between actually being taken care of, or given some motrin and being sent home. Case in point, I went for swollen tonsils, got told I had mono and to take it easy (here’s your motrin) and 10 days later was in the hospital for an emergency tonsillectomy. Student fees at work!!
So, needless to say, when I see headlines that say “2,500 students have H1N1 at a University” I question the veracity of the reporting.
An outbreak of flu at Washington State University showed few signs of slowing down as more students continued to report symptoms suspected of being from the H1N1 virus, school officials said Wednesday.
About 2,500 students have come down with possible cases of H1N1 since classes began August 24, said James Tinney, WSU director of media relations.
Not that the news folks aren’t reporting accurately *cough* but I question that the folks at student health services actually have the capability to accurately identify the difference between H1N1 symptoms, and someone having an intestinal disagreement with the dorm cafeteria food (always a quality choice. Who doesn’t love hamburgers for breakfast?) or a heavy night of, ummmm, studying.
Alas, guess I shouldn’t be surprised this is getting headway in our current hyperbole-driven media environment.