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The Monmouth Plague

September 29, 2017

Every year during the first month of school, and the springtime, the Monmouth College Plague strikes quickly and without mercy. No one seems to be immune from the illness that seems to evolve each year and spread its reach to more students. Although the Monmouth Plague’s origins are unknown or rumored at best, the effect on the student body is all too real.

The sickness will start with a simple headache. You will probably think nothing of it and shrug it off as dehydration or not enough sleep. You are wrong. Within the next day or two, you become cognizant of how much you are sneezing, and a little voice in the back of your head is second guessing whether or not you are healthy. “Am I actually sick? No, absolutely not. No, I can’t be.”

Once you think you are in the clear, one nostril becomes clogged. You try to blow your nose but it is too late. Your sinuses become inflamed and the pressure slowly but gradually builds up in your head. Eventually, the mucus travels into your throat and creates a horrendous cough that stays for a few more days. Now your nose is running, you cannot stop coughing, and you feel weak. The weakness is not even the worst part since your hair starts falling out and… Just kidding.

Overall health might feel lost, but there is hope. There are ways to combat these side effects but it takes dedication and willpower. Get some sleep. Rest is the best time to let the body recharge. Naps and eight hours of sleep will do the trick. Next, make sure to eat plenty of food that is not excessively greasy and drink a lot of water. Proper fuel for the body will do wonders over the course of a few days. Some days will be worse than others and a few glasses of orange juice and some Tylenol, Advil, or Ibuprofen will go a long way. Good luck Scots!

Riley Hess
Editor in Chief

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