The H1N1 virus has hit Springville. Many students have been absent from schools. According to the Utah Health Department website, the virus is a pandemic, which means that there isn’t a single country without the virus. But The Utah Health Department also said, “The sickness isn’t as bad as expected.”
The symptoms include fever, cough, soar throat, runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headaches, chills, fatigue, and sometimes diarrhea and vomiting. Most cases have not been very serious, but people should still be careful. Officials suggest washing hands often and to cover mouth and nose when coughing and sneezing. Officials also suggest coughing and sneezing into your elbow.
According to Mrs. Brenda Bales, the SJHS attendance secretary, the worst days during the past week were the 12th, 13th and the 14th. There was 23-24% of the student body absent. Mrs. Bales said, “If your kids are running a fever, they shouldn’t come to school.”