58% of Stapleton Acquires Cold After First Week of School

coldWell, it has begun. We are all back swimming in the giant petri dish of viruses that is school. And with the school year, comes early cold season. In fact, a poll of 2,000 households shows that almost 60% of the neighborhood has contracted some sort of virus in their home. “It’s really frustrating,” said Stapleton parent Katie Schmit. “We basically survive the entire summer without a bug in our house, but after the first week of school, I have two sick kids and parents who have runny noses. Not much you can do about it, but still, a little annoying.” Other families are having the same experience. “We all have sore throats,” said Amanda Madison. “Who knows where it will go next. Hey, maybe it will be the only cold we get all year.” Doctors say there are no fail-safe methods to avoid getting the common cold. “The amount of viruses out there, and the number of kids being put in close quarters, people are going to get sick,” said pediatrician Tom Ortner. “The best you can do is teaching your kids to wash their hands, sanitize when you can, and hope for the best.” Ortner says there is no cure for the common cold virus, but the best way to fight it is to eat healthy and get plenty of rest. “I know our office is going to receive a lot of calls in the next couple of weeks,” says Ortner. “But the truth is, there is not much we can do about it.” Estimates show that over the next four months, roughly 85% of Stapleton will have contracted a cold virus. School is officially back. ]]>

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