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Wash your hands

New Jersey is experiencing widespread influenza (flu) activity. The strain of flu that is circulating this season is more severe than usual. Although public health agencies cannot accurately predict the peak and duration of the flu season, Georgian Court University is committed to the health and safety of its community.

The latest “Superbug” spreading across New Jersey is the Norovirus or Stomach Flu.

How do you distinguish between Norovirus and the flu?

The flu is an upper respiratory infection that causes sore throat, chills, body aches, runny nose, and coughing. Norovirus is a gastrointestinal illness that causes diarrhea, vomiting, and nausea. Both can lead to severe dehydration if you don’t drink enough fluids.

Usually the body doesn’t come down with two infections at once, but it can get infected with one bug right after the other if the immune system is weakened.

Both conditions can be prevented by washing your hands (especially before eating), avoiding touching your eyes, nose and mouth, and cleaning and disinfecting commonly used objects.

Both conditions should be managed by getting plenty of rest, taking over-the-counter pain relievers to reduce fever and aches, and avoiding close contact with others for the first few days. Drink plenty of fluids, and if you aren’t able to eat much solid food, make sure those fluids contain some salt and sugar — juice, soup, sports drinks, for example — to keep your electrolytes in balance.

Here’s more on how to manage your flu symptoms and here’s how to deal with norovirus by Ms. Cynthia Mattia, RN, Director of Health Services, Georgian Court University Health Center

Take Care!

Peace Walk Makes a Stop at Georgian Court

Peace Walk Participants — In Their Own Words

 

Thanks to Dr. Rumu DasGupta and Dr. Sachiko Komagata for the information assembled below.

It’s been a nearly a year since the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Japan also wrecked the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant. Now, months after the natural and man-made disasters killed and contaminated countless lives, what have we learned?

That’s just one of the issues that supporters of  the “No More Fukushimas Peace Walk” hope to raise as part of a multi-city event that makes a stop at Georgian Court on Friday evening, March 2 at 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre. The gathering, which includes presentations from GCU faculty and other participants, is free and open to the public.

The walkers include 10-15 Buddhist nuns and monks, eyewitnesses, and people  from all faith traditions who are being led by nun Jun Yasuda.  The Buddhists are from the Grafton Peace Pagoda east of Buffalo New York. The walk calls attention to the implications of the Fukushima nuclear plant to issues of nuclear power safety in the U.S., including in our own backyard at Oyster Creek Generating Plant in nearby Lacey Township.

Oyster Creek Nuclear Power Plant has the same design as the Fukushima Nuclear Plant whose disaster contaminated the land causing permanent displacement of 160,000 Japanese people,” supporters of the peace walk wrote in a press release. “The ‘No More Fukushimas Peace Walk,’ starting from Oyster Creek, will proceed to the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant and end at the Vermont  Yankee Nuclear Power Plant to bring the message: ‘Shut Down Nuclear Power  Plants!'”

GCU hosts include Sisters of Mercy Mary Bilderback and Mary-Paula Cancienne, as well as GCU sociology professor Kasturi DasGupta, who can be reached at 732-987-2336. The co-sponsor is the Jersey Shore Nuclear Watch.

 Read more about the Peace Walk and take a stand at http://nomorefukushimaswalk.tumblr.com/.