Leesville’s Cold Outbreak

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Ben Taylor, junior, covering his cough with his elbow to prevent putting his peers at risk for getting sick. (Photo courtesy of Valentina Fernandez)

Over the past couple of weeks, the seasonal cold has swept over the LRHS student body. 

As is typical with the time of year and the changing weather, the common cold is making its annual appearance. 

A poll posted on LRHS Mycenean Instagram account showed that over 70% of LRHS students who responded to the poll have experienced cold symptoms within the last two weeks.

Students are discouraged from attending school when sick; students’ absences are notably affecting class sizes.

James Leonard, junior, said, “There’s a lot of people who are sick right now… there’s at least a few kids per class who are absent who are normally at school.”

While missing school can be stressful for some students, it is in the best interest of the student body for sick students to stay home.

Tyler James, sophomore, said, “There’s definitely been a lot of people out of school, but I also feel like I’ve seen a lot of people coming in when they seem like they’re about to die, haha.”

While time has begun healing the traumas of COVID-19, there is still suspicion and paranoia that surround the common cold symptoms that COVID-19 presents with.

Katie Carrigan, junior, said, “I feel like there’s still that thought in the back of my mind any time someone around me starts coughing or blows their nose right in front of me- like what if it’s actually COVID and not just a cold or something?”

In general, it is important to maintain good hygiene and sanitation practices, especially at this time of year. Students should make sure to wash their hands as much as possible and cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing.

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