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Student Suffers from Swine Flu

Jun 18 2009 20:41
Kirsty Patterson
An Imperial College student, from the Department of Civil Engineering, has been diagnosed with the human variant of swine flu.
One of the latest London cases is an Imperial College Undergraduate Student.

An undergraduate in the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering is recovering from swine flu after feeling unwell last Tuesday. The student has made a full recovery and is no longer infectious. Occupational Health are confident that he did not come into contact with any staff or students since contracting the virus, since he lives in private accommodation with non-Imperial students.

Despite this, Occupational Health are still advising everyone to abide by the the following precautionary measures:

  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Bin your tissue after use.
  • If you don?t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve, not your hands.
  • Wash your hands regularly with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze and before eating.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Flu spreads that way.
  • Wash your hands before preparing or eating food and do not leave food uncovered.

Any staff or students who feel unwell or who have any of the symptoms of flu: sudden onset of cough or fever, sore throat, headache, chills, aching muscles, difficulty breathing and tiredness; are advised to phone their registered GP or NHS Direct on 0845 4647. In the case of suspected swine flu you should return home immediately, having contacted your senior/postgraduate tutor or line manager, staying indoors and confined where possible until the symptoms have passed.

The Live! Editor is concerned that she currently has seven of the eight symptoms but suspects this just a mild case of hypochondria.

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Discussion about “Student Suffers from Swine Flu”

The comments below are unmoderated submissions by Live! readers. The Editor accepts no liability for their content, nor for any offence caused by them. Any complaints should be directed to the Editor.
Jun 18 2009 21:14

When Kirsty's doctor told her she was a hypochondriac she said "oh no, not that as well!!"...

2. david   
Jun 18 2009 22:27

Does anybody know where the Imperial student could have picked this up, whether it was in college, during travel, etc???

Jun 19 2009 00:49

This is falsehood... what a s**te story... faking stories is not going to win you a guardian award!

What's your source? Imperial would have emailed everyone if there had been a case of swine flu.

Jun 19 2009 02:28

An email went out to CivEng students. College obviously thought that, as the student hadn't been in college, it wasn't worth emailing everyone?

Jun 19 2009 07:54

What, in any sense of the imagination, would have made this a good story to fake? It is a s**te story, as you said, but that is because it is based on very little information from an email sent to Civ Eng Staff and Students from Occupational Health. If I find out anymore I'll update it.

If I was going to fake stories (and trust me, I don't have the time or imagination and there is plenty of other stuff going on not to need to) I would spend more than five minutes writing it and I would ensure it was on something a bit more exciting. 'Someone got ill but they're better now, and we don't think they passed it on to anyone' is hardly sensationalist is it?

6. MMS   
Jun 19 2009 11:09

Just make sure everyone is awere that it's hypochondriasis or hypochondria not hyperchondriasis

Jun 19 2009 11:18

If you're going to try and make witty comments about my spelling then try to make sure you can spell words like 'awere' properly. ;o)

Jun 19 2009 11:39

I heard from someone in the Maths department about someone else...

Jun 19 2009 14:02

utter c**p - as a CivEng student I can confirm that we got the email,so stop being an a**e ;P

Jun 20 2009 00:55

I had swine flu the other day - It was OK, NO BIG DEAL

Jun 20 2009 20:36

You mean swine FEVER boy! *rimshot*

Jun 23 2009 21:42

Dear utter c**p

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